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Deer Enjoy Cherry Blossoms In An Empty Park In Nara, Japan

The coronavirus pandemic has forced people to stay home, giving animals a chance to reclaim their throne. We’ve seen animals raging in the streets throughout this world. Photographers did a really good job with their cameras, and we get to see all the beauty out there.

People in Japan has witnessed rare phenomenon. It was more like a wonder of Nature. Japan is the country of cherry blossom trees. It looks really pretty in spring, and Nara is the place to be.

The ancient capital of Japan is covered in pink and visitors love it. Well, tourists weren’t able to travel to Japan in the past few months, and the only visitors Nara had was a bunch of magical deer.

Sika deer got to enjoy the empty park in Nara, and Kazuki Ikeda made the perfect photos.

The empty park was first established in 1880, and history says it’s one of the oldest parks in Japan. It’s found in the foot of Mount Wakakusa. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has added it to the “Places of Scenic Beauty.”

According to estimations, there are over 1,200 wild Sika deer. Add them to a park full of 1,700 cherry blossom trees. Magnificent, right?

Japanese describe Sika deer as the sacred animal. Experts in local folklore say that Takemikazuchi-no-Mikoto, one of the four gods of Kasuga Shrine, once appeared on Mount Wakakusa on a white deer. Those who killed a deer were sentenced to death by 1637.

Things changed after World War II. The deer were no longer considered sacred, and the country viewed them as national treasures.

The gracious animals found a way to communicate with all the visitors of the park, and they even bow when hungry.

Sika deer roam freely in the 600-acre park, and visitors feed them with “Deer crackers.” Visitors can also visit the historic temples and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Try not to miss a chance to visit the park, and make sure you pick the cherry blossom season. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Visitors are nowhere to be seen at this point of the season, and deer used the chance to walk around freely. They are even leaving the park to search for food. In April, locals noticed a herd of deer in the park.

Ikeda went to the park to do a photoshoot with his newlyweds. That’s how he spotted the deer and made some really cool pics.

“The pandemic is exhausting the hearts of people all over the world,” the photographer said. “I hope this video makes people around the world feel at ease.”

This is the perfect invitation for all the adventurous souls planning their trip to Japan.