Omnomnom! Sembei!

This post isn’t about Shika Sembei at all! Oh, all right. Here’s a picture of me feeding a deer in Nara Park. I’ll be moving on to start covering Hong Kong soon, so my next few posts regarding Japan will be the last on the subject for a little while. After that I’m heading to…

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Kasuga-taisha, Nara, Japan

Established at the same time as the city itself, Nara’s most celebrated shrine is famous for its lanterns – and the deer, of course. Even the shrine’s chōzuya is carved in the shape of a deer. Lanterns are everywhere. They line the approach to the shrine, and gather around and between its buildings. Twice yearly,…

Nara Park, Nara, Japan

Deer. They are what Nara are famous for, and they’re what thousands of visitors come to see. Considered the messengers of the gods in Shintō, the deer are designated a national treasure, and there are strict rules on interacting with them posted throughout the park. By “rules” I mean “warnings”. You see, the deer are…