Photographer's Note

This picture was taken in one of the few lakes in Nara, it is quite near to the main train station there.

I was drawn into Nara after hearing it was the first capital of Japan, although it seemed like a pretty plain place, it was also so peaceful, with a few temples and lots of open spaces.

I dug this picture out because I remember seeing this man just admiring the blossoms and the lake and view most of all,

I mean I was taking lots of pictures around this area and I think I was taking photos for over an hour here and the man was still there admiring the view.

I wish I put down my camera and just sat there admiring the view of Nara in April.

So I made 3 or 4 journeys back to this wonderful place, for Autumn leaves and another blossom with different friends.


Located almost at the center of the Japanese archipelago, Nara Prefecture is an inland prefecture surrounded by the four prefectures of Osaka to the west, Kyoto to the north, Wakayama to the south and Mie to the east. Nara, with a total population of some 1.44 million, has a diversified geography, a plane to the north and the Kii Mountain Range, or 'the Roof of Kinki (or Osaka Area)' to the south. Approx. 60% of the prefectural area is occupied by forest. Its main industries are textiles, timber and lumber.
Nara occupies an important position in the history of Japan; it is said that the first state was located in Nara. Nara is also a home of various World Heritage sites such as Todaiji Temple, Horyuji Temple, and others including numerous Buddhist art and architecture classified as National Treasures and Important Cultural Asset.
The ancient capital, Nara Heijokyo, established in 710 A.D. and modeled on Changan, Capital of Tang Dynasty China, was an international city, designated by World Heritage as a historical asset. Nara will soon celebrate the 13th centennial anniversary of its founding. A city plan is being undertaken with 'history', 'culture' and 'friendship exchange' as key words, looking forward to the next 100 years or 1,000 years to come.

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