Japanese photographer Kazuki Ikeda captured amazing footage in Nara Park, which is a location famous for its deer.
The photographer was doing a pre-wedding photoshoot in April, when the park is full of beautiful cherry blossoms. But the magnificent sika deer enjoying the quintessential Japanese sight of blossoming cherry trees inadvertently stole the day.
Nara Park is famous for its deer. According to local folklore, sika deer from this area were considered sacred due to a visit from Takemikazuchi-no-mikoto, one of the four gods of Kasuga Shrine in Nara. He was said to have appeared on Mount Mikasa riding a white deer.
From that point, the deer were considered divine and sacred. Killing one of these sacred deer was a capital offense punishable by death up until 1637, the last recorded date of a breach of that law. Today, over 1,200 deer freely roam the park.