There is a park at the centre of the ancient Japanese capital of Nara. Home to over 1,200 species of sika deer, it was once believed that these deer were considered sacred due to a visit from one of the four gods of Kasuga Shrine, Takenomikazuchi-no-mikoto.
A popular tourist attraction, the deer have learned from the many visitors to this once sacred park that in order to request food, they must bow their heads. This polite act is often rewarded with a Shika-senbei, or a deer cracker.
It’s little things like this that keep a smile on my face.
…Until they notice you have crackers.
'CAUSE THEN YOU BETTER RUN.
I’ve told this story a few times, but I went to the deer park in Nara while I was studying abroad in Kyoto.
Long story short, I bought the deer crackers, got swarmed by over a dozen of them (the girl who took the pictures actually got knocked out of the way by a deer after the second shot) and ended up with deer bite welts on my ass for two weeks. Those two fuckers on the right, man…
Though funny thing, they bow, and if you don’t give them the cracker, they bow again and headbutt you :|