Monday, June 16, 2014

Monday Deer Blogging

Deer (Nara) - Japan  2014

One of the many semi-tame deer wandering around Nara's parks and temples.

According to local folklore, deer from this area were considered sacred due to a visit from Takemikazuchi-no-mikoto, one of the four gods of Kasuga Shrine. He was said to have been invited from Kashima, Ibaraki, and appeared on Mt. Mikasa-yama riding a white deer.

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