Sunday, May 30, 2010
This time she and her mother went alone to Nara and vicinity, with all its ancient sites.
But my main reason for posting is this photo of Aya taken by her mother on the train home.
It seems like a relaxed smile that no professional photographer could get. I feel as if we can see all the sadness and sense of comfort I imagine Aya felt at that moment.
On the trip they visited the ancient sites around Asuka, in the Yamato Plain south of Nara.
Asuka was probably the first Japanese imperial capital, from around 550 to around 700AD. That was when Buddhism was just beginning to gain popularity in Japan. They also went to see old burial mounds in the area.
Aya said it had been so long since she had taken a tour by bus. They took the train to Kyoto, and then a bus either from there or from Nara.
It was raining, but Aya says that didn't discourage them from visiting the Kitora Kofun tomb and other ancient tombs near Asuka:
The picture above right is a tomb called the "stone dance stage." The figures below left are at the Kitora Kofun tomb, and Aya said they reminded her of the anime Sen to Chihiro. Below right is the Takamatsuzaka tomb, from around 700 AD.
They also visited the soba noodle shop run by a former NHK announcer, where they enjoyed the food and reminiscences about shows such as Anne of Green Gables: