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Does this Nara Park deer need help?

Does this deer need veterinarian help? If so, how important or urgently? I was in the Nara Park (Nara, Japan) on the 18th March, near a toilet block far from the other deer. I saw this guy and notice what looks like a problem with his mouth. It appears that the lower jaw is recessed a lot, and possibly twisted slightly counter clockwise. There also appears to be a lump on its lower left lip, and some foam coming out of its mouth near the lump. It also appears to have a runny nose. Also, it was far removed from all the other deer, possibly avoiding the other deer.

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People can interact with wild deer in Nara Park.

People can interact with wild deer in Nara Park.

There’s also another issue regarding humans. The white stuff coming from its mouth isn’t frothy, but it made me a little concerned that it might be infectious. I doubt it would be rabies, but Children do pat and feed the deers. I’ve even seen adults put a deer food biscuit in their mouths, so the deer would take it from them for a photo op. So, there may be some risk to humans. There is no health or welfare oversight for these wild deer, so it may be up to us.

Below I’ve included two images that may help. The first is an index of key images that show the problems. The second is the two locations I photographed the deer. The first is near the toilet block that can be seen, and the second is actually at an ice cream stand, tagged at the lower left of the satellite image. The actual coordinates are: 34°40’58” N 135°50’24” E (Google Maps ref: https://goo.gl/maps/VEhEHBu37rP2). Of course, I assume that deer will roam a lot, but I have a feeling this guy might stay in quieter safer places.

Also, if this deer does need help, who can we contact? Please send this link to someone who is a vet, or someone you think knows a vet. Use the address above or this: http://bit.ly/1Vj1BOI.

A possibly sick deer. See details here: http://japanesephotos.asia/blog/2016/03/18/does-this-nara-park-deer-need-help/

A possibly sick deer. See details here: http://japanesephotos.asia/blog/2016/03/18/does-this-nara-park-deer-need-help/

Location of possibly sick Nara Park deer sighted.

Location of possibly sick Nara Park deer sighted.

Nara Lantern Festival, Tokae

This Photo of the Week (POTW) is from the recent Nara Lantern Festival (in Japanese, “Tokae”). English language information about this event is quite hard to find. I’ve seen tourists in Nara, right where the event was set to occur that night wonder what was being set up. So what can be found? Nara is attributed as the first permanent capital of Japan over 1,300 years ago, until a revolt by senior Shinto priests who moved to Kyoto and successfully set up their new capital (the current imperial lineage comes from the renegade priest). Nara is also the sister city of Canberra Australia, Gyeong-ju Sth Korea, Toledo Spain, Versailles France, and two Chinese cities. See the blog tag ‘Nara’ or a friend’s website Kyoto and Nara Dream Trips for more info.

The Lantern Festival began in  1999, and is situated in the main tourist areas of the city, including Nara Park (where the infamous deer roam), Kofukuji Temple, Todaiji Temple, and other major places. The lanterns are mainly small plastic tubes with candles in them, of which there’s about 20,000 set up (Kyoto and Nara Dream Trips). There are also bamboo art-work frames set up, and only on the final night was Todaiji and Kasugataisha Shrine open with their own lanterns, too. See the official map for more info. Also, it seems the event runs annually from 5th to 14th August, but double check the official website before committing to the trip.

If you plan to visit for the festival, you’d need at least a couple of nights, as there is no way you can see it all and at a comfortable pace. When I went, it was 37°C, one of the highest temperatures recorded for not just the 2013 summer, but for that area on record. Spend the morning seeing the sights, the afternoon avoiding the heat and recuperating in air conditioning, and the evening enjoying the night time stroll, with several tens of thousands of people spread out through the town. And, don’t forget to take your camera…

This image, and more, are available at my agent’s website: Henry Westheim / Asia Photo Connection. (Thanks to Kyoto and Nara Dream Trips for alerting me to this event).

Candles at Ukigumoenchi display during the Nara lantern festival, known as 'Toukae' in Japanese.

Candles at Ukigumoenchi display during the Nara lantern festival, known as ‘Toukae’ in Japanese. Photo available from my agent.

The Nara trip

I just got back from Nara. It was hot, 37°C all afternoon and most of the evening, 2° hotter than the forecast maximum. It was really humid, and so sweat just rolls off like it’s raining from your head. And then there’s the smell of deer dung cooking in the sun. Not to mention the your own sweat. Then there’s the long walks between everything. Phew, what a trip! Definitely, if you plan to travel and tour in Japan, August is not the month to do it in, unless you plan to avoid the afternoon heat and avoid heatstroke. You really need to take refuge in your air conditioned hotel room. I’ll be processing the photos from the trip over the next few days, and they’ll be available soon, probably at my agent’s website: http://www.westheimphoto.com/lightbox/index/gallery/AsiaStockPhotosAndrewBlyth.

I’ve noticed that since I first posted camera-back photos for tweeting ‘over 468 days ago’ (http://twitpic.com/9h20am), more and more photographers have started doing the same. I wonder if I was the first, or how many others thought of it independently, too. Anyway, to whet your appetite here’s one of my favourite deer-feeding photos from Nara. Photo taken with More Lomo, and processed with Adobe PhotoShop for iPhone.

Feeding the deer in Nara.

Feeding the deer in Nara.

Cherry blossoms at Hase Temple

As mentioned in the the previous post, it’s Cherry blossom season. Cherry blossoms are known as ‘sakura’ in Japanese, and ‘hanami’ is to do ‘Cherry blossom viewing’. What I’ve been wanting to do for a long time was to visit a very historical temple and do my own hanami, there. Temples and shrines in Japan typically have lots of cherry blossom trees, which make some of them a tourist-magnet in cherry blossom viewing season.

Cherry blossoms blooming at Hase temple.

Cherry blossoms blooming at Hase temple.

I organised a friend (Paul), a car (Porte), and a sunny day (Tuesday). Unfortunately it took an hour longer to get to Hase town from my place, and so we missed the best of the early morning light. They say, “only mad dogs and Englishmen go out into the midday sun”, which is good because I’m an Englishmen, so I have licence. What remains in the photo collection at Asia Photo Connection are the pick of photos that can work with the midday sun.

A rare view inside of the Main Hall of Hase Temple during a service

A rare view inside of the Main Hall of Hase Temple during a service