This is Kasuga Grand Shrine. It is the largest and most typical Shinto shrine in Nara. It was the family shrine of the Fujiwara family. The Fujiwaras, being the closest relatives to the Imperial Family, were the most influential family among the court nobles from the 8th to 11th century.
Today Kasuga Grand Shrine is famous for its many lanterns (2,000 stone lanterns and 1,000 bronze ones) and wisteria. Fujiwara literally means 'wisteria field' and wisteria is a family crest of Fujiwara family. Now wisteria is in full bloom. These are pictures I took yesterday. Yesterday was a little rainy and foggy when I visited there.
Wisteria was carved here on the pedestal of the Korean gurdian dog.
Nara deer are walking, eating and sleeping freely. They have been protected with care for many centuries, so they are very tame and not afraid of visitors. They come closer to you when you buy deer cracker.
This is part of Our World Tuesday.