A whole world of flickering, dancing flames.
Upon entering one of the rooms accessible to the public at Kasuga-Taisha shrine, I found myself immersed in darkness. Turning a corner, I found out why. The room seemed full of hundreds of flickering lanterns decorated with all sorts of intricate patterns. It was mesmerising to make my way slowly around gazing at the lanterns. It took an embarrassingly long time for me to realise that this was, in fact, just an optical allusion. The walls were lined with mirrors, magnifying the affect a small amount of lanterns made. No matter, it was still a beautiful experience.
Lanterns seemed to be a reassuring motif in Nara, though I am not quite sure why. I love the visual effect of them, all lined up and swinging in the breeze. Their copper green colouring is quite striking against the stark orange and white background of the shrine when seen outside too. I could take photographs of these lanterns for days I believe, they are just so beautiful.
Hi! I'm Louise. I am a writer, photographer, traveler, book fanatic and blogger. I love to post about my adventures and the little things I do that make life fun.
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