As the "messengers of the gods" of Kasuga Taisha, deer were heavily protected in Nara. Nowadays, deer are everywhere in Nara Park (including the precincts of surrounding temples and shrines), and many of them even appear in the city.
Of course, there are many deer in the precincts of Todaiji Temple. This photo is taken in front of Namdaimon Gate. There are many tourists coming and going here, but the deer do not care about them. The shade of the trees in the vicinity is a good place for them to relax.
There are many stalls selling 'shika senbei' (food for deer) in this area. Tourists enjoy buying these crackers and feeding them to the deer. The deer know what they are doing, and as soon as they see a tourist with a deer cracker in his hand, they immediately surround him. And that's not all. Not only that, but they also poke their heads out as if to urge those who have nothing in their hands. There is also a "ruffian" who puts his face in my bag and bites off the pamphlet paper in it. They are more trouble than they seem.
The deer in Nara Park are also good subjects for photographs. The deer in Nara Park are also good subjects for photographs, as they are good free models who do not claim their "portrait rights". You will see tourists everywhere, cheering and pointing their cameras at them.
This is a place where people (tourists) and deer live together in harmony.
The eight islands of Japan sprang into existence through Divine Intervention.The first two gods who came into existence were Izanagi no Mikoto and Izanami no Mikoto, the Exalted Male and Exalted Female. It was their job to make the land for people to live on.They went to the bridge between heaven and earth and, using a jewel-encrusted halberd, Izanagi and Izanami churned up the sea into a frothy foam. As salty drips of water fell from the tip of the halberd the first island was formed. Its name was Onogoro.So far, so good. But when Izanagi and Izanami first met on their island, Izanami spoke to Isanagi without being spoken to first. Since she was the female, and this was improper, their first union created badly-formed offspring who were sent off into the sea in boats.The next time they met, Izanagi was sure to speak first, ensuring the proper rules were followed, and this time they produced eight children, which became the islands of Japan.I'm sure you did not fail to miss the significance of this myth for the establishment of Japanese formal society.At present, Japan is the financial capital of Asia. It has the second largest economy in the world and the largest metropolitan area (Tokyo.)Technically there are three thousand islands making up the Japanese archipelago. Izanagi and Izanami must have been busy little devils with their jewelled halberd...Japan's culture is highly technical and organized. Everything sparkles and swooshes on silent, miniaturized mechanisms.They're a world leader in robotics, and the Japanese have the longest life-expectancy on earth.Text by Steve Smith.