According to the legendary history of Kasuga Shrine, the god Takemikazuchi arrived in Nara on a white deer to guard the newly built capital of Heijo-kyo.
Since then the deer have been regarded as heavenly animals, protecting the city and the country.
Tame sika deer(also known as spotted deer or Japanese deer) roam through the town, especially in Nara Park.
In 2015 there were more than 1,200 sika deer in Nara. Snack vendors sell sika senbei (deer crackers) to visitors so they can feed the deer.
Apparently some deer have learned to bow to people after receiving senbei!
While we didn't see any kneeling (or screaming!) these endearing little animals were everywhere - although as the sign says, they are not always the most well behaved!!