My deer friends

A beautiful day was spent frolicking with the wild deer in the peaceful city of Nara. We paid a visit to the largest buddha statue at the Todaiji Temple. Then we cut our sightseeing day a bit short to check out a multi-story shopping mall called Hep Five. I blame Robyn’s obsession with Liz Lisa for discovering this place. It is the combination of Shibuya 109 + popular department stores + cheap yen shops with an entertainment floor & ferris wheel to boot! Wahhhhh!!

Nara Deer Park
Hanging out with deer is an essential step to becoming a Disney Princess…

 

 

 

September 23, 2011 – Day 11 Nara

Outfit Shot! I love the ceiling to floor mirrors in our elevator…Oh we fancy~
Elevator Outfit Shot

Complimentary breakfast
Complimentary Breakfast

I really don’t know how to eat cute…
Complimentary Breakfast

On the JR train thinking thoughts
Train Ride Home
Train Ride Home

We’re in Nara!
Nara

Nara JR Station
Nara JR Station

Get your drink drank on girls~
DRINK DRANK
Get your Drank On

Something Changed! FRIENDS

Always hanging out in the bad parts of town
Nara Street Gangsters
Nara Street Gangsters
Nara Street Gangsters

Hey, we’re with nature!
Nara Deer Park

Little turtles :D
Nara Deer Park

Just a little warning…
Nara Deer Park

In the land of Nara, deer run amuck!…Or more like just chill…
Nara Deer Park

Feed me biscuits!
Nara Deer Park

*nomnomnom*
Nara Deer Park

Nara Deer Park

Nara Deer Park

Hey, we’re gonna head out!
Nara Deer Park

There are little old women selling biscuits to feed the deer. But take heed because they’ll swarm you. It was really entertaining to see all the japanese people get freaked out & throw all the biscuits at the hungry deer.
Nara Deer Park

The universal symbol for I surrender! No more biscuits!
Nara Deer Park

Nara Deer Park

Nara Deer Park

No biscuits? No touchy!
Nara Deer Park

Uh oh, this boy doesn’t know what he got himself into…
Nara Deer Park

Quick! They’re distracted! Run for your life!
Nara Deer Park

Hands up!
Nara Deer Park

This little girl was kind of the deer whisperer…
Nara Deer Park

Nara Deer Park

Nara Deer Park

Fight!
Nara Deer Park

Temple Time!
Nara Deer Park

This kid is too cute!
Nara Deer Park

Todaiji Temple…It looks almost photoshopped
Todaiji Temple

Buddha says “guuurrlll please”
Todaiji Temple

Kids would crawl through this hole in the column that was said to be the size of buddha’s nostril.
Todaiji Temple

Robyn attempts too!
Todaiji Temple

Success! You will be rewarded with enlightenment in your next reincarnation!
Todaiji Temple

“Oh wait we forgot to take gangster photos with buddha!”
Todaiji Temple

This is Binzuru, the healing dude. It’s said if you rub a part of the statue then rub the corresponding part of your own body, your ailment will disappear. We rubbed his feet since ours were near death from walking so much.
Healing Buddha

Nara Deer Park

Yeah you knew that was coming…
Nara Deer Park

Nara Deer Park

The character mascots for Nara…Deer & Buddha
Nara Deer Park

My favorite part about visiting old school sites is the soft serve ice cream! TOFU ICE CREAM!!!!
Tofu Ice Cream!

We also had to try some Daibutusu pudding…Buddha pudding!
Daibutsu Pudding

Classy…Yeah I definitely avoid the squatter’s toilets…
Squatter's Toilet

I’m not cool with creepy deer buddha boy…
Batsu to the mascot!

This is an old g’….
Nara Deer Park

Nara Deer Park

Ok we bought some deer biscuits…Get ready! They already know…
Nara Deer Park

ATTACK! ACCKKK!
Nara Deer Park

They’re after the precious….
Nara Deer Park

They might be peaceful, but they will lick, bite, and headbutt you to get to those crackers!
Nara Deer Park

This photo cracks me up!
Nara Deer Park

Sharing intimate eating moments
Nara Deer Park

My turn!
Nara Deer Park

Nara Deer Park

Nara Deer Park

Nara Deer Park

Nara

Nara

Nara

City of Nara

We finished up our sightseeing and headed to Umeda to check out Hep Five shopping heaven!
Hep Five Shopping in Umeda

There’s giant red whales inside the mall…Not weird at all.
Hep Five Shopping in Umeda
Hep Five Shopping in Umeda

Hep Five Shopping in Umeda

Trying to decide if we should buy these shoes…We did.
Hep Five Shopping in Umeda
Hep Five Shopping in Umeda

The mall was closing and we made our last stop at Robyn’s favorite obsession, Liz Lisa…She was instigating and trying to get me to buy a $100 dress/cardigan set you see on display on the left! What happen to my voice of reason? T_T I was strong and didn’t buy it!
Liz Lisa in Hep Five

Hep Five Shopping Madness. I have to say they offered a good variety of brands that I haven’t come across in Tokyo. This is very dangerous. Though the layout of this mall is confusing as hell. There’s two set of escalators on each floor.
Hep Five Shopping Gangstas

I specifically remember Robyn saying “Ahhhh no more shopping after this!” UH HUH
Hep Five Shopping Gangstas

Back in our hood, we were low on energy and stopped by a ramen shop for some late night eats
Late Night Ramen Eats

Late Night Ramen Eats
The place was decent, but it was sufficient to give us some fuel to make it back to the hotel.
Late Night Ramen Eats

Then we came across the best street food located right outside our hotel…Say hello to cabbage yaki. super cheap, super delicious!
Cabbage Yaki = BEST STREET FOOD

this stand is always open super early and closes super late! perfect!
Cabbage Yaki = BEST STREET FOOD

My shopping haul from Hep Five…discovered a new favorite store, olives des olive. It all started with trying on a pair of shoes and my eyes started to wander. Next thing you know I left with an entire outfit and then some.
Hep Five Shopping Haul

I love that everything I bought automatically coordinated with each other
Hep Five Shopping Haul

Hep Five Shopping Haul

Hep Five Shopping Haul

Super sale from Algonquins…The prices from this brand usually make me rethink if my conversion rates are correct. Got this purse for $17! what?!
Hep Five Shopping Haul

We ended the night with a dance party thanks to some awesome dance mix CD’s I bought. :D

Funny Story: I typically don’t have any problem sleeping, even while on vacation. However our first night in Osaka left me a bit sleepless. We slept three to a queen-sized bed which was possible since we’re all small. I slept in the middle because I sleep like a robot, I don’t move. However I felt extremely trapped by the heat underneath the comforter. I didn’t want to move and wake Robyn or My so I kinda suffered for a bit. Around what felt like 4am, Robyn got out of bed to use the restroom…I quickly shot on top of the blanket and freed myself from the vortex of heat. Robyn came back to find me completely shifted. Relieved, I finally got some sleep. Thank goodness!

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  • Kstar512

    Wow, looks like such an awesome trip! How do you guys know about all of these places? I’m just wondering because I would like to visit Japan one day but I think I would be so lost! lol… I’m most interested in all of the shopping! ;D

    • http://dollybeast.com stephiee

      Just google and research! If you need any help or tips I’m happy to provide some information. Another thing you can do is to search for Japan tours and see what their itinerary is! Japan Pop tours has a lot of really fun things that’s aimed for a younger crowd more interested in the pop culture aspects of japan. But if shopping is what you’re after, then I can provide you all the info!

  • http://hkittygirl.blogspot.com/ Audrey (hkittygirl)

    Ooh you got some really cute stuff! I’ve never heard of that place with the deer before. I must go! It looks crazy, but still a lot of fun! ^^

    • http://dollybeast.com stephiee

      It’s SUCH a pretty town…so calm and scenic…it can get slightly smelly from all the roaming deer, but what a unique experience!

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