We stopped on the way in Nara to visit the Todaiji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The temple includes a 52 foot high bronze Buddha. Construction started in 728 and the statue was completed in 751. The statue was created with 8 castings and weighs about 500 tons. It is housed in the world's largest wooden building.
Meanwhile, our friends on the 3/27 departure date learned to wrap bottles and books using colorful square cloth. The instructions below create a carrier for two wine bottles, no clinking.