There is a story that I forget about why the deer is considered sacred in Nara. Since they are sacred, they pretty much have the run of the place and have now become a nuisance. Personally I'm thinking a venison specialty place would make a lot of sense.
Next we went to
Where there is another big pagoda
Other buildings of importance
And stuff under construction
Then we went on to the Todai-ji Temple.
Where we relived the joy we experienced in China of being with Chinese tourists. There was a ton of Chinese tour groups at the site.
This is the largest wooden building in the world
But what made this really great was the collection of giant Buddha and other statues where they were allowing us to take pictures.
Along with other Buddhist related art
We skipped on temple that was going to take a lot of walking in the cold and took the bus to an area that was supposed to be an old part of town with restaurants. No restaurants found but we did find a free museum that depicted what a merchant's home would have looked like during the Tokugawa era.
Finally we made our way back to the rail station and asked for some lunch ideas. We settled on a tiny place the specialized in chicken based ramen.
First we had to figure out this machine by which we placed our order for the one-woman shop that made the ramen.
The making of ramen
"What do you think de-I? Gonna be good?"
And we finish up with signs of the world
After much work with my Google translator ap, I'm convinced this is instruction for deer who desire to be part of Nara Buddhist experience.