tbt my favourite memory of Nara, the most glorious walk through the Primeval Forest at Mt. Kasuga
from www.visitnara.jp site :
"Untouched for thousands of years, Mt. Kasuga Primeval Forest stretches out across an area of around half a kilometer, behind Kasugataisha Shrine. With logging and hunting prohibited since AD 841, this is a rare ecosystem with over 175 types of trees, wild animals, rare birds and insects." I was SO lucky that despite it having been the peak of summer tourists, I saw nearly NO ONE on this hour long walk down the mountain except a jogger and another solo walker. It was overwhelmingly beautiful: the fresh scents coming from the ancient plants and trees was intoxicating, the surroundings were intimidating, awe inducing, humbling...It felt deeply spiritual to wander through that ancient forest alone, like walking through the most sacred of spaces. *This* is my sacred space.
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