Nara, Japan

 photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

Believed to be messengers of gods, deer roam freely in Nara.

 photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

 photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

 photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

Todai-ji Temple and Daibutsuden (Great Buddha Hall).

 photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

 photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

 photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

 photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

 photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

Daibutsu is the world's largest bronze statue of Buddha.

 photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

The hole near the bottom of the pillar is the same size as one of the Daibutsu's nostrils. Legend says that if you pass through the hole, you are guaranteed enlightenment.

 photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

 photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

 photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

 photo credit: Ricci Sylla

photo credit: Ricci Sylla

Photos in today's globetrotting story were taken by Dr. Ricci Sylla.

Ricci is an ObGyn by profession, and an avid, snap-happy photographer at all other times. She likes taking pictures mostly of food, but since the recent population explosion in her family, cute nieces and nephews show up much more frequently in her Picasa files. She hearts cake, ice cream, macarons, cotton candy and fancy desserts! 

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Todai-ji
Nara, Japan