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How to Frolic with the 1,200 Bowing Deer in Nara Park

It sounds like a crazy fantasy. In Japan, there’s a city. And in that city, there are tons and tons of friendly deer. And guess what—the deer bow. I mean, it sounds questionable, right? Astonishingly, it’s all true. Having travelled to Nara...

Kasuga Taisha Shrine: The 3,000 Lantern Shrine in Nara Deer Park

At first glance, Kasuga Taisha Shrine looks like the gateway to an ancient, magical world. Countless stone lanterns guide travellers along its path, where they’re likely to encounter the Shrine’s unusual four-footed servants—the gentle, bowing deer of Nara’s Deer Park. According to...