Before the fire there were priests playing traditional instruments and chanting – afterwards there was pop. Japan likes to keep everyone happy.
Yoshikien Garden. No entry fee for foreign tourists! A really lovely moss garden:
And of course, the Nara deer. Last time I saw them they had a scruffy winter coat, and had only a couple months before had their antlers cut off for the safety of tourists. This time they were sleeker, and had the proud antlers that won’t be trimmed until October.
Ukai or cormorant fishing was fascinating to watch though not terribly efficient, I imagine. They carry a huge torch at the front of a small boat, with half-a-dozen of the birds down below with ropes around their necks.
I can’t imagine it would go over well with animal rights, either.