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.