Friday, August 24, 2012

Deer In The Streets Of Nara, Japan

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.

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