Sunday, 2 September 2012

Sacred Deers In The Park

In Nara.

Nara was the ancient capital of Japan, predating it's neighbour Kyoto by 84 years.

One can't think of Nara without thinking about the deers.

According to legend, when Kasuga Taisha shrine was founded as a family shrine for the Fujiwaras, who was a dominant aristocrat clan in the 8th century (during the Nara and Heian period), they invited  a mighty god, Kasuga and the god came to Nara riding on a white deer. Since then, deers have been respected and protected as divine messengers by local people.
The deers in the park generally left us alone because we have no food. One can buy crackers for deers at the park by vendors that sell them though.
Nara is nice. You have lots of history there to see and experience... and bus loads of screaming high-school students together with their teachers with hailers and talkative guides too, if you are lucky.
An oh! Here's an old photo of Raimie with deers in Miyajima. ^^

22 comments:

  1. I want to be reincarnated as a deer in Nara. That's the way to do it: you lie under a tree, ruminating on life; everybody oohs and aahs over you; and you get lots of free food.

    PS: Upon consideration I've concluded that Raimie is cuter than deer.

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    1. Oh yes... and you get to run around and kick people too, if they annoy you. ;p

      ps : I'm biased but I feel the same too. ^^

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  2. When you say sacred deer I instantly think of two magical places in Japan - Nara and Miyajima. I was welcomed by deer upon visiting both of them and it is something that you never forget.

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    1. Yes.

      I am glad we both visited Miyajima and Nara. :)

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  3. Very peaceful shots. I want to see a white deer. I want to be reincarnated as a eternal traveller.

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  4. The third shot is very beautiful. Deers looked to get accustomed with human beings because of food.

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    1. Come to think of it, animals can get accustomed to being fed by humans.

      Not a good thing in most cases though, when it comes to wild animals.

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  5. If and when I get to Japan, Nara is one of the places I definitely want to see. I have been reading about it in various blogs.

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    1. But don't forget to make a diversion to other lesser know and less blogged about places in Japan too!

      Rurousha has a lot of places that is interesting and intriguing, don't you agree?

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  6. Good shots, we have also been there. I remember the deer very clearly. They are the messangers of the Gods.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    1. Thanks.

      It's a lovely place to visit. :)

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  7. Nice place! I wanna touch those deers!!

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    1. Hold some crackers and those deers will be putty in your hands!

      Be careful though. They can and do kick when agitated. ;)

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  8. The deer are so cute - and so is your son!

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    1. The deers are sure cute and very "friendly" to visitors especially to those with food. ;p

      ANd thanks for the second compliment too. ^^

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  9. I used to visit Nara as well when I was a high school student. I remembered I scared of them and didn't dare to touch them. :D

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    1. How about now? Would you want to touch them? :)

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  10. I thought this was a petting zoo. Wow, the deers must be very friendly to be allowed to roam free.

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    1. But there are warnings for visitors to be wary of the deers too. They are friendly and used to people but we can't startle and make them scared.

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