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

If you’re looking for something wholesome and positive in this time of uncertainty, then this spectacle might be just the thing for you. While we can’t travel physically, we might as well travel through the beautiful pictures and videos other people share.

A Japanese photographer shared stunning footage from Nara Park back in April and it’s now making rounds around the internet. People are absolutely in awe. The video showcases a tranquil scene with Sika deer enjoying the cherry blossoms and even shows one critter munching on a cracker that the photographer brought to the park.

Kazuki Ikeda was organizing a photoshoot that day, capturing beautiful shots for a couple before their wedding. And while the pair were the original focus of the shots, in the eyes of the internet users, the deer became the stars of the day.

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Kazuki Ikeda’s video showing the deer went viral

Image credits: kikiphotoworks

Image credits: kikiphotoworks

The photographer was shooting a pre-wedding photoshoot the day he captured the stunning footage

Image credits: Kazuki Ikeda

Nara Park is famous for its population of Sika deer. Tourists would usually buy crackers sold at the park meant specifically to feed the deer, making them a very popular attraction to anyone visiting the park. At the beginning of March, as the number of tourists fell and the locals engaged in social distancing, the deer were observed leaving the park and roaming in the streets looking for food. Now, as more and more people go outside, it seems that the deer are back in the park and enjoying their time there.

Image credits: Kazuki Ikeda

Image credits: Kazuki Ikeda

Image credits: kikiphotoworks

The photographer shared videos and shots on his social media accounts, encouraging people to visit Nara as soon as the threat of the coronavirus is no longer relevant. He wanted to showcase the beauty of his city and the local park to encourage people to come and enjoy the nature.

“The pandemic is exhausting the hearts of people all over the world,” the photographer told Bored Panda, “I hope this video makes people around the world feel at ease”.

Nara Park is a popular destination for Ikeda’s photoshoots and deer like to get involved

Image credits: Kazuki Ikeda

Image credits: Kazuki Ikeda

Back in March, the Nara deer were observed pouring into the streets in search of food

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Image credits: okadennis

Image credits: okadennis

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Anne Bidstrup
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2 years ago

I was there in September. Absolutely loved the place - particularly watching the deer get sick of being teased by Chinese tourists and chasing them around the park, nipping at their heels!

Christina Uhlir
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2 years ago

You mean Chinese did not torture them and murder them?

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Marcellus the Third
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2 years ago

Like many tourist-animals, these are starving! Normally tourists feed them, mostly food... Like all the monkeys and marmosets etc used to begging from Brazil to India.

Bill
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2 years ago

The monks still feed them.

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Jane S.
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2 years ago

It's like a Disney scene, but real.

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Anne Bidstrup
Community Member
2 years ago

I was there in September. Absolutely loved the place - particularly watching the deer get sick of being teased by Chinese tourists and chasing them around the park, nipping at their heels!

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago

You mean Chinese did not torture them and murder them?

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
2 years ago

Like many tourist-animals, these are starving! Normally tourists feed them, mostly food... Like all the monkeys and marmosets etc used to begging from Brazil to India.

Bill
Community Member
2 years ago

The monks still feed them.

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Jane S.
Community Member
2 years ago

It's like a Disney scene, but real.

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