Dear Ichiroya newsletter readers
Hi, how are you doing? This is Azusa writing.
It's getting hotter and soon we will enter the rainy season in Japan.
Last month I went to Nara Park to see flowers and deer.
The wisteria in the park was in full bloom. The flowers were very elegant and reminded me of the long sleeves of Furisode!
Nara Park is famous for deer. In Nara Park area, people and deer live together in peace.
There are over 1,000 deer in the park. They are roaming around the park while relaxing and eating rice crackers called Shika-Senbei, which people feed them here and there to attract their notice. They don't even look at a person who doesn't have a Shika-Senbei.
They rested together in the shade of the tree. It was hot on that day, so they seemed a little tired. I took over 30 pictures of them for about 30 minutes, but they looked like they didn't care at all. Kawaii!
By the way, why do you think deer are loved and taken care of like that in Nara?
They are cute, but it's not that because they are cute. It's because they have been believed to be messengers of deities since ancient times. It is said that the deity enshrined in Kasuga-taisha in Nara Park came on a white deer.
The cute deer are depicted in kimonos and obis!