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Snow falls on Nara's famous deer, 5-story pagoda in ancient Japanese capital

Deer huddle together in the cold in front of Todaiji temple in Nara on Jan. 12, 2021. (Mainichi/Yosuke Oyake)

NARA -- Snow was seen over a wide area in the plains of this western Japan prefecture on Jan. 12, covering the ancient capital's five-story pagoda and deer at Todaiji temple.

    According to the local meteorological office, 4 centimeters of snow was recorded in the city of Nara at 9 a.m. This is the first time in about seven years since February 2014 that the ancient capital has seen 4 centimeters or more of snow. In addition, 13 centimeters of snow was recorded at 10 a.m. in the village of Tenkawa.

    At Horyuji temple in Ikaruga, the five-storied pagoda, a national treasure, was also covered with snow. On the grounds of the temple, there were monks coming and going with umbrellas in their hands.

    Horyuji temple is seen covered with snow in Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture, on Jan. 12, 2021. (Mainichi/Hitoshi Kumagai)

    On Jan. 12, it snowed in many parts of the Japanese archipelago due to the development of a low-pressure system.

    (Japanese original by Yosuke Oyake, Nara Bureau)

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