As many of you already know, there are about 1,200 deer roaming around in Nara, especially on the alley leading to Toudai-ji temple. Deer is called 鹿 sika in Japanese. According to one legend, a mythological god came to Nara on a white deer to protect the place. So the deer are regarded as divine animals, protecting the city. They are fed by passers-by, who buy special biscuits - sika osenbei - from the stands. They are adorable, friendly and fun to play with.
Deer can be folded out of a square paper, in origami style. Sometimes, the paper meant for folding animals comes with assorted eyes.