February 3rd was the Setsubun Lantern Festival in Nara.  This was actually my first time to Nara, so I was pretty excited to go.  All the lanterns are lit with candles and this is the only time they are lit.  There are no street lights on the path leading up to the shrine; and add to that the fact that deer roam freely in Nara and it’s kinda spooky, but very cool.

It’s very pretty, but I think I was more amused by the deer: