June 5, 2013 § 6 Comments
During my recent visit to Kyoto, I made two day trips out of the city. One is the tea capital Uji and the other one is the awesome Nara. There isn’t a lot of interesting sight in Nara for me, as I’m already overdosed on temples and shrines. However, the free roaming deers definitely caught my attention. Come on, where else you can see tons of deers chilling out in a park under cherry blossom?
Before you get to the park, you can already see signs and lamp post with cartoon images of deers, telling you what’s coming up soon. Then once you stepped inside the park, you’ll see one deer, and then two , and three…. and lots of them! It’s amazing that they don’t really bug the lady who sells deer crackers, they only pursue the visitors. It seems like they have a deal with each other. There is no way I would pass up the opportunity to feed them. Once I have the crackers in my hand, the hungry deers just gathered around me, lick my arms and head bumped my butt. They are persuasive indeed, and wouldn’t let me go until crackers are gone… then they target the next visitor.
Besides the deer, what Nara park offers is tranquility. Peace and fresh air is something I missed during my short stay in Kyoto. After a few consecutive days of sight-seeing, it was so nice to find a cherry blossom tree and take a little nap under it. The weather was simply perfect. This nap was the highlight of my trip. (and yes, I skipped going inside all those temples inside the park).