Today started with a breakfast full of delcious bread, warm pancakes, and a juicy peach. All the necessities for a great start to a fantastic day. After an amazing breakfast, the day continued with some culture tips about the popular Japanese religion, Buddhism, and kanji recognition. We learned about the basic principles of Buddhism.The first is that life is full of suffering (super uplifting, it gets better). The second principle is suffering is natural(still not there). Third, there is a way out of this suffering (Ok what is this way). Lastly, 8 fold path leads you to peace (Alright sounds good).
Once we were done with Kanji, we went straight to the train station to go eat delicious tonkatsu. The tonkatsu steamed as the waiters brought to us and the amazing smell filled the room. That stuff was amazing! We continued our adventure to the bike rentals. Everyone got their bikes and was at the ready. Get set. Go! Boken Japan embarked to the yoshikien gardens. The place was awesome! It seemed like every leaf had a design and structure to it, but the humidity attracted lots of cool bugs that were for some reason seened 10x larger than bugs in America.
Once we were done with that small excursion, we continued to Nara park, or as most people know, the park with all the deer. Basically to sum up this seemingly flawless park, you can walk around and feed deer that are comfortable mingling with people, and enjoy cool torii gates in the process. We went to Todaiji (originally constructed in 752A.D.), the house of a giant Buddha, and he is ginormous. Part of the visit is trying to fit through a hole that is the size of giant Buddha's nostril. If you make it through, it is considered goodluck. Don't worry, everyone made it through.
After we were all done basking in giant Buddha, we went on over to the rental bike place and returned the bikes. There happened to be a burger joint called Mos burger and we were like "dudes we got try this". So we went and ate a delicious meal.
Since we had been fed well, we decided we could go on a nice stroll up a steep mountain. Fast forward, we are at Inari shrine, a long row of tori gates lingers over us. As the brave souls we are, Boken continued up the mountain stair after stair. As we did, red gates passed us. There seemed to be but a sliver of space between each red titan. The journey came to a close, once we realized that we still had to go down. The reason being to make it to the house at a reasonable hour, so we started our descent.
Fate treated us well, and we made it to the bottom. Once we reached the train station we all helped ourselves to some carbonated beverages. While in the process, we almost missed our train. Luckily we all made it safely onto the train that would take us safely to our (very)warm beds.