While the rest of the gaijin community is getting flustered over this, I’d rather go to cool temples. Yuko’s Mom has been on a route going to various temples around Kansai and getting a scroll signed and stamped at each one. This is much like the famous 88 temple route in Shikoku. Sadly I’m not that well versed on Buddhism and I cannot explain the meaning behind it all, but I can say that the temples are beautiful. Okadera (lit. hill temple) was especially beautiful.
A view of main temple of Okadera from the walking path that circles the temple grounds.
A moss and fungus covered tree stump on the grounds of Okadera
A lady selling drinks and snacks near the public restrooms in Nara Park
A priest signing the temple's name in Nara Park.
The rest of the photos from this trip can be found in this set.