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

The pandemic that is terrifying the entire world right now is reminding us that Nature is the real magician, and we shouldn’t stop enjoying the delights that’s offering us. Wildlife and Nature photographers, always manage to keep us entertained during the days under lockdown.

While we’re unable to travel the world, we can admire the beauty and the positivity which is spread by these photographs and videos.

Japan is famous for its cherry blossom trees, and every spring, many visitors are flooding Nara, an ancient capital of Japan, in order to see the pink blossoms.

Photographs of the Sika deer enjoying peacefully in the empty parks of Nara, Japan, taken by a Japanese photographer named Kazuki Ikeda, have warmed millions of hearts around the world.

The park was made back in the 1880s, therefore it’s some of the oldest parks in Japan. It is located at the foot of Mount Wakakusa, and it is part of the ‘Places of Scenic Beauty’ designated by the Ministry of Education, Technology, Science, Culture, and Sports (MEXT).

There are more than 1,200 free-roaming, wild Sika deer, and over 1,700 cherry blossom trees in this park.

Sika deer were considered as sacred, as per neighborhood legends, Takemikazuchi-no-Mikoto, one of the four divine forces of Kasuga Shrine, showed up on Mount Wakakusa riding a white deer. Killing one of these deer was a capital offense punishable by death until 1637.

After World War II, the deer lost their sacred status and were secured as national fortunes. The deer are all around familiar with the guests of the park, and are not shy, however have apparently even figured out how to bow when they want to be fed.

Guests of the 600-section of land park can take care of them with exceptionally made ‘deer crackers’, visit a portion of the noteworthy sanctuaries, and see the wonderful cherry blooms. Visiting the park lasting through it is an enchanted encounter, however during the cherry bloom season, it is an uncommon and remarkable one.

Because of the worldwide pandemic, the quantity of guests was radically decreased, so the deer began leaving the park and meandering the roads looking for food. However, in April, local people began visiting the park once more, and the deer came back to their common natural surroundings.

Ikeda went to the park to take photos of a couple before their wedding and recorded the deer enjoying nature under the cherry blooms.

What’s more, they captured everyone’s attention! The video has circulated around the Internet, and people were intrigued to see the deer calmly resting underneath the pink bloom trees and grazing on the petal-rich ground.

With his photos and videos, Ikeda hopes to encourage more people in order to visit the park and enjoy the breathtaking sights there.

He said:

The pandemic is very exhausting the hearts and souls of many people all around the world. I hope that this video will make people feel at ease.

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