No event is more synonymous with spring than the annual blooming of sakura blossoms in Japan. But this event is even more beautiful when it involves the deer of Nara Park.
Once a year, between late March and early April, people flock to Japan to witness the bloom of Kwanzan Cherry Trees. But the deer at Nara Park are not limited to spring.
They are a permanent fixture of Nara, Japan. And unlike in other parts of the world, none of these deer are at risk of poachers or opportunistic hunters. These deer are protected.
Because of their religious and historical significance, the deer of Nara Park are considered “natural monuments.” For this reason, they have been carefully protected and cared for many years.
The origins of this practice date back to a mythological story about a deity named Takemi Kajichi no Mikoto. On his voyage to Nara, he rode a sacred deer, and that holiness was extended to all deers of Nara.
The result of this old tradition led to moments like what one woman captured in this video. While pink sakura blossoms bloom on the curving trees, a herd of deer relaxes in the shade.
The scene was serene, dreamlike and peaceful. If you ever find yourself in Nara, Japan, make sure you stop by Nara Park. Regardless of whether the cherry blossoms are in bloom, you will see a magnificent sight.