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A Call for Compassion  
   

A Call for Compassion

Buddhist temple areas also function as wildlife sanctuaries as hunting is prohibited. I think this tradition arose out of Buddhist ethics of compassion for all living things. However, this deer got hissed at by a tour guide and retreats to other grounds. Temples like this are places where religious pilgrimage crosses paths with commercial interest and national identity, making for some interesting juxtapositions.
Nara

March 18th 2014
Nara Tuesday, March 18 Today I went back to the Kyoto Station but took the JR Nara line further out to the city of Nara, a former capital of Japan. Nara is famous for its herds of deer that roam the large park area freely and are fed by visitors. Nara is a very assessable city to tourists and has a smaller, quainter atmosphere than the big cities. It’s a good place to go if you’re l ... read more
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Japanese Flag In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more
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