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!!
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~
I really don’t know how to eat cute…
On the JR train thinking thoughts
We’re in Nara!
Nara JR Station
Get your drink drank on girls~
Always hanging out in the bad parts of town
Hey, we’re with nature!
Just a little warning…
In the land of Nara, deer run amuck!…Or more like just chill…
Feed me biscuits!
Hey, we’re gonna head out!
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.
The universal symbol for I surrender! No more biscuits!
No biscuits? No touchy!
Uh oh, this boy doesn’t know what he got himself into…
Quick! They’re distracted! Run for your life!
This little girl was kind of the deer whisperer…
This kid is too cute!
Todaiji Temple…It looks almost photoshopped
Buddha says “guuurrlll please”
Kids would crawl through this hole in the column that was said to be the size of buddha’s nostril.
Robyn attempts too!
Success! You will be rewarded with enlightenment in your next reincarnation!
“Oh wait we forgot to take gangster photos with buddha!”
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.
Yeah you knew that was coming…
The character mascots for Nara…Deer & Buddha
My favorite part about visiting old school sites is the soft serve ice cream! TOFU ICE CREAM!!!!
We also had to try some Daibutusu pudding…Buddha pudding!
Classy…Yeah I definitely avoid the squatter’s toilets…
I’m not cool with creepy deer buddha boy…
This is an old g’….
Ok we bought some deer biscuits…Get ready! They already know…
They’re after the precious….
They might be peaceful, but they will lick, bite, and headbutt you to get to those crackers!
This photo cracks me up!
Sharing intimate eating moments
We finished up our sightseeing and headed to Umeda to check out Hep Five shopping heaven!
There’s giant red whales inside the mall…Not weird at all.
Trying to decide if we should buy these shoes…We did.
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!
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.
I specifically remember Robyn saying “Ahhhh no more shopping after this!” UH HUH
Back in our hood, we were low on energy and stopped by a ramen shop for some late night eats
The place was decent, but it was sufficient to give us some fuel to make it back to the hotel.
Then we came across the best street food located right outside our hotel…Say hello to cabbage yaki. super cheap, super delicious!
this stand is always open super early and closes super late! perfect!
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.
I love that everything I bought automatically coordinated with each other
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?!
We ended the night with a dance party thanks to some awesome dance mix CD’s I bought.
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!