Deers' delight in Winter

About 1200 head of deers are living in Nara Park. These deers are wildlife that are natural treasure of Japan.  
Their scientific name is Cervus Nippon. They molt twice a year. In summer they have white-spotted and in winter they have gray brown hair. When they make their company know danger  they fluff their white tail hair.

Long ago, God-Takemikazuchinokami who is enshrined in Kasuga-Grand-Shrine came this place, riding on a white deer. So the deers are thought as messenger of God here.

Tobihino-field in winter

I went to Tobihino-field in precinct of Kasuga-grand-Shrine to see deers getting together. It's a bleak morning in February.

A man in the humane society of deer began to blow a horn by a big tree in the field. So after about 20 seconds a big party of deers appeared from the wood over there. About 100 head of deers came running toward him from the wood or the field nearby. He scattered many acorns to deers.
Deers' admirable eyes to get acorns were very cute.
Nara Park is so large that  all deers can't hear the sound of a horn. So about one tenth of deers got together. I heard that the melody of horn was a part of Beethoven's  Sixth Symphony,Pastoral.

This cloth has the wisteria coat of arms of Kasuga-Grand -Shrine

Deers live in Nara Park include the site of Todaiji-Temple, Kofukuji-Temple, Kasuga-Grand-Shrine, Kasuga-virgin forest that are World Heritage Sites. So when we visit Nara park we can see deers this way and that way.
Deers are occasionally training in the school ground early in the  morning before students go to school.
When I enjoyed tea break at Nara Hotel, they walked in the hotel's garden calmly.
When I was driving, a deer shot out of the park suddenly made me surprised.
There is no place where human and deers live together peacefully like here, I think.

Kindergartners gave deers acorns their teacher brought. After they gave all acorns they showed their palms, meaning "we have no acorns". So deers give up to press them for acorns.

They are saying "we don't have acorns any more"

This event was over only for about 15 minutes and are held during around February.

24 件のコメント:

joy さんのコメント...

Very nice event and lovely creatures.
Thanks for sharing.

you-wee because さんのコメント...

Good morning, Sarah! I remember being in a huge deer park in Britain years ago where herds of deer lived. But I think they were not domesticated at all, of course they were not really shy like deer living in the wild.
You used the word "Kindergarden" in your post. Did you know this is a German word that entered the discourse of the English language?
Thanks for your lovely post, regards from wintery Germany, Uwe.

Giga さんのコメント...

Myślę, że jelenie są szczęśliwe w Parku. Ludzie też są pewno zadowoloeni z patrzenia na nie. Wspaniale wygląda czas karmienia ich żołędziami. Dziekuję za możliwość patrzenia na nie. Są śliczne. Pozdrawiam serdecznie.
I think the deer are happy in the park. People are also definitely zadowoloeni of looking at it. It looks great time feeding them acorns. Thank you for the opportunity to look at them. They are beautiful. Yours sincerely.

Yamada Miyako さんのコメント...

Dearest Sarah,
Good evening, my Japanese friend.
Oh, deer in Nara Park! They sure are many. How surprising and amazing to know that the melody of horn is a part of Beethoven's Sixth Symphony,Pastoral. Must require talent for the player.
Beautiful pictures of them♡♡♡

I DO wish I can visit Nara someday♪♪♪

Sending you lots of love and hugs, xoxo Miyako*

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Rurousha さんのコメント...

Only one response is possible: Awwww, kawaiiii! ^^

They call the deer with a French horn and the Pastoral Symphony? What a great story!

It looks like a real deer stampede. They're very cute, but if so many deer started running at me, I wonder if I'd be able to stand still! :)

Spiderdama さんのコメント...

They are so beautiful! And so close to people.. great and special to see this. Wonderful pictures Sarah! I really like that first "winter" pircture too.

Hope you have a good time:-)

cosmos さんのコメント...

これは毎日行われているわけではないんですね?どの鹿クンの顔も真剣な面持ちで一斉に向かっているのが愛らしいですね^^ 最後から4枚目の先頭を走る鹿くんなんか後ろ足がモデル立ち?の雰囲気で、おもわず頬がゆるんでしまいます。

Arti さんのコメント...

Hi sarah,

Very lovely and so nice that you were present at the right place and at the right time to capture it all. I especially love the pictures with little smiling kids in them. Really, such friendly coexistence of deers and humans is seen very rarely. These scenes are truly beautiful and make us happy. Many thanks for sharing them :)

sarah さんのコメント...

To cosmos


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shooting star さんのコメント...

how wonderful!!!.....

i loved the photos u took of deers walking in to get the acorns!!


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Ruchira さんのコメント...

Sarah San - I have spent two years in Kobe and visited Nara innumerable times then .. your post made me remeber all that ! 日本懐かしいな。。。

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan さんのコメント...

This is one of the loveliest & most amazing posts ever. Thanks for sharing this wonderful performance. The pictures are spectacular.

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Łucja-Maria さんのコメント...

Your blog is beautiful.
Photos delight.
I'll be replying to all your comments.
I send greetings.

Forest Dream Weaver さんのコメント...

Brilliant photos Sarah! I love how you've shown so many images of the deer.Here too white deer are said to be messengers from other realms.
Thanks for sharing the information.

Have a good week!

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Łucja-Maria さんのコメント...

I am very happy that I can watch these beautiful animals.
We are happy to come here.
I admire the deer.
I really like the feeding acorns.

Wendy さんのコメント...

I've never seen so many deer all at once! I like that they come right up close to the children.
Beautiful pics. Thank you for sharing.

Yamada Miyako さんのコメント...



Sending you lots of love and hugs from Yamaguchi, xoxo Miyako*