Walking in Naramachi around the calligraphy museum, you can smell a fragrance of heaven from somewhere.

I actually have never been to heaven, so I don’t know what the heaven smells like.

Anyway, looking around feeling good with the noble fragrance, I found it was from a Buddhist altar store burning aloe’s wood incense.

I remember that it smelled the same during the Onmatsuri festival at Kasuga Shrine.


There are many Buddhist altar stores around this area since Naramachi used to be a temple precinct of one of the world heritage site,  Gangoji temple.

That’s why you walk into this kind of ineffable really nice smell.

Naramachi could be the closest place to heaven!


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