March 17th #chinadiary

A morning visit to a large Congregational school and college in Kyoto is followed by a train journey to Nara, the first permanent Japanese capital. Of particular note is Nara park with its deer and ancient temples.

For Carl, the most impressive thing at Nara is the great Daibutsu Buddha, which surely is impressive, and he encapsulates its significance thus: "With the placid, almost scornful look of the typical Buddha, it looks down on us as merely the fleeting creatures of the moment, while it belongs to the ages."