Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Nara

This series of photos records the path up the hill to the Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara. The entire area is a World Heritage Site. What is noteworthy is that the path is lined with thousands of ancient stone lanterns that are lit for two annual festivals in February and August. Hunting and logging in this area have been prohibited since AD 841, so the forest on this long path is primeval. Birds, insects and trees are correspondingly unique.

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These are the stone lanterns, the candles covered by paper on four sides toward the top.KasTai6

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