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Photos of Nara-shi, Kansai.

When you get to the ancient city of Nara-shi, things are different from the Japanese megacities like Tokyo, Kyoto or Osaka. Here everything runs more quietly, without so much hurry or stress. Time here moves slowly, and is very easy to catch the antique spirit of the city.

Once you arrive at the train station of Nara (Nara Station) you realize that Nara is a unique city in the Kansai region, and in its train station, run by the JR Company as almost all of the Kansai area, things happen much more slowly. There are no people running everywhere, no queues to get train tickets at the electronic ticket expenders.

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Here people live much more relaxed, and only lost tourists trying to realize how to reach some of the many temples you can visit in this small and ancient city make you think that this city one day was so important during the Nara era.

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Neither the streets are crowded, there are no large buildings surrounding your or cars everywhere trying to move in the traffic, not even illuminated signs of hundreds of advertising companies like in other cities.

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Especially if you have the chance of visiting Nara out of the tourist season, you will get the pleasure of enjoying a quiet city with a vast culture, antique temples, and great nature as few others city can be found in Japan.

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With very many local businesses, especially on main roads that towards to Todai-ji (Eastern 東大寺 Great Temple), you’ll find great variety of local crafts, delicious traditional food and all kinds of accessories for clothing or home ornaments. Do not miss the chance of visiting every shop here, the stuff here is very friendly and always smiling looking for you to buy with no matter of time.

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Nara is primarily a city for tourists, it is their main source of income and that makes the city very easy for visiting even if you do not understand Japanese language. Back to when I say city for tourists I do not mean to foreign tourists.

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Even if the city receives many foreign tourist throughout the year, here domestic tourist are the most important for the city.

Nara is probably the most authentic city of Ancient Japan with all its splendor in the year 800 AD and therefore part of the national large-scale tourism where you can enjoy its landscapes, ancient temples and where its characteristic Todai-ji harboring deers in the open as if a natural reserve was where children and adults enjoy feed and play them.

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Nara Street Meeting -Hari Terrace- Part 2

Finally I had sometime for spending free in the blog. There was still in the to do list to post the second part of the Nara Street Car Meeting. Here there are a series of around 30 photos. I also have to say that unfortunately I couldn’t took pictures of all the noticeable cars on during the night as Hari Terrace HRS counted more than 500 cars in the meeting. So this is just a sample of what can you spot in the Kansai area.

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As the main intention of the meeting was to mix all car styles. The were some real JDM tuners that showed up for fun night as this DC2.

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If you are used to read in blogs or even here, the main focus of tuners now is on the USDM scene so there were many example of this trend. But also notice that it maybe a kind of evolution of the traditional USDM with a Japanese taste. Continue reading Nara Street Meeting -Hari Terrace- Part 2

Nara Street Meeting -Hari Terrace- Part 1

The past Saturday I decided to head road to Nara to reach the Hari Inter parking which is located around 20 kilometers away of the city full of temples and bamboo’s. The trip from Kyoto takes around one hour and a half so I couldn’t miss the chance.

When I reached the place I was very surprised, the parking was full, full of awesome cars of all kind of styles. Maybe the most popular now is the USDM but is very common to spot real JDM cars and classics at any meeting. And as read in the Hari TRS webpage there were a total amount of 510 cars from 9pm to 1am approximately.

I couldn’t even be able to take pictures of all the cars that called my attention during the night but will make a couple of post to post as many photos as I will be able to do.

Here to start.

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A walk in Nara

I did small visit to Nara last week. The porpoise was not to take pictures of the City but at the time I was there I decided to take some photos in my way to a secret place.

Don’t worry it will be revealed soon and I hope you will be surprised. Here is just a random collection of photos.

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What a mix of topics in this post, from house, to streets to cars. Well I promise a little more control next time. The truth is that studying takes me to much time for editing photos and organize post, so I prefer to post them for you to watch them instead than spend to much time making it look better.

Nara is best known for the great quantity of Temples but here there is only a couple of pics of them, mostly are only random photos.

Any drinks ?

One of the things that you may remember when thinking in Japan are probably the vending machines.

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Vending machines are everywhere. They’re in subway stations, parking lots, buildings, civic centers, and especially on the streets. There are hundreds of them selling all kind of stuff. Hot or cold drinks, water, coke, tea, beers …

The variety of drinks you can taste is unimaginable, but I decided to take some pictures of some drinks you can find walking cities. Also noticeable is the possibility to buy tobacco in the streets if you have special card to ID yourself.

Here is just an small sample of drinks.

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Un fin de semana para recordar

A primeras os voy a decir que voy a contaros una historieta, bueno, una crónica, pero no del evento, sino de todo lo acontecido durante el fin de semana.

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Deciros que han sido casi 1400 kilometros los que he recorrido, ida y vuelta, y todo lo que he visitado.

Empezamos.

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