Had lived in an old town

I visited Tobihino field in Nara Park last weekend.
Many visitors were in the park, but on the field there were few.

This man was focusing his camera on a tall wax tree on the field.

飛火野をひとりゆくときしむしむと草食む音と鹿と近づく haricot

I saw a deer approaching me

with some grazing sound,

"shim shim shim ...."

Walking along on the Tobihino field

all alone

This stag is maybe still young, but I can't speculate his age by his antlers because they were cut in early autumn for security and protection of woods.

This hut is on the next field of Tobihino, and surrounded many Japanese apricot trees.
 I started to live in Nara, central quarter in the city of the oldest capital,when I got married. The residence was about 20mitunes on foot far from the park.
And then I heard such story that the earlier we rise in the morning the more convenient.

Because when we would find any dead deer we can let it move to the next door.

This round window is for viewing Japanese apricot flowers,but no bad to see the wax tree.

 Deer are messengers of God by Legend, so it was thought that to kill some deer ( even let them die accidentally) was not only evil omen but culpable act here.

 "The early bird catches the worm", but what a worm!

 I think that it was an old story. But I was young enough to be frightened to hear that and other experiences regarding to traditional or conservative customs of the old town made me almost neighbour phobic.


After ten years later I moved to a new town in the same prefecture, and many many years have passed.

The atmosphere and circumstance are different from those of central old town; I think that blend of privacy and community is better balanced and much less conservative here in new town.

Strolling in the park I saw many people who enjoy making some sketch.

When I took a photo of a couple of them, the man said to me "Hey, my face is so funny?" Sorry for surprising you.

This road that leads to the North octagonal hall called Hokuen-do(北円堂)
is quite close to my family's old residence.

My husband sometimes says, looking back his childhood, that this area was wild without fence and good playground for kids.

On this day I strolled about the park with a tourist's eye.
It made me amuse a lot and I looked across the sweep of the town one more time.

It was a warm day. Autumn that seemed to approach at a gallop is supposed to be run in place.

23 件のコメント:

Macy さんのコメント...

Hi Haricot. There are wild deer around the fields where I live. Twice I've seen one whilst out walking.
It's always special when I do

Celeste さんのコメント...

quel bonheur d'habiter si près d'un tel parc et aussi bien préservé.
Les photos sont magnifiques et nous laissent rêveurs........
J'admire votre respect des traditions et de la façon dont vous en parlez


Dave King さんのコメント...

Stunning photographs. I adore them. (Sorry I have not commented before: I have only just found the link to here!)

cosmos さんのコメント...

I hear from some Nara guide that "to let the dead deer move to the next door" is to "pass the buck". She said this joke made foreign tourists laugh, though it was not a laughing matter actually.
A wax tree is haze (はぜ)? I like the watercolor-like soft red shades of leaves seen from round window.

Z さんのコメント...

A farmer friend said that he had deer on his land. Someone said, do they eat the crops? He said "Yes, they do - but I have deer on my fields! I think that's wonderful."

What lovely photographs.

stardust さんのコメント...

I do love Nara for its rich historical and cultural assets, and lots of nature. I like it when people are sparse at soothing Tobihino. I think I know how you felt about the old town of Nara. To be a tourist and to be a resident is quite different in the place where people are, in my impression, too conservative and too traditional. I felt relieved when I moved to my town from a small provincial town.

The sound of deer grazing "shim shim" is unique and interesting.

Red Rose. さんのコメント...

Have a great week!

haricot さんのコメント...


Than you for your visit and comment.
You seem to live in full of nature.
Deer in Nara park are tame and accumstomed to exist with people.
Still need to conscious to secure them from some trouble, though.


Merci beaucoup pour votre commentaire gentile comme d'habitude.
Je vous souhaite tres bonne semaine.


Thank you very much.
I also a new reader of your tremondous blog.
I look foward to your posts.


Thank you for your comment.
南京櫨をJapanese wax treeとするのをためらって、wax treeとしましたが、もっと適切な名前を調べるべきでした。

haricot さんのコメント...


Thank you for visiting and have written your comment.
It's good that you have deer on the field, and I hope your friend's farm wouldn't get harm.


Nara has many aspects,though in general redidents are conservative rather than revolutionary, as you mentioned. Probably the aspect will change slowly among people of youger gererations, though.
Thank you for your comment.

Red Rose

Thank you for visiting and having left your comment.

Dave King さんのコメント...

These are really beautiful images. Breath-takingly so in some cases. A rich post.

haricot さんのコメント...


Thank you very much.
I'm glad to be able to introduce some my favorite tanka( short verse)including mine.
As for photograph, I have to make effort more.

Jen さんのコメント...

Beautiful--your photos are so artistic, and your words so meaningful. I like to read your posts slowly and spend time with them. You make me feel like I am there with you.

haricot さんのコメント...


Thank you for your kind comment as usual. I'm so blad that you came back from Italy with a lot of great memories.

snowwhite さんのコメント...

It's a wonderful blog. I love the onomatopoeic expressions of deer eating grass, “shim, shim”. It sounds to me so unique. It is something like a sound of silence. I’m sure those photos express your feelings towards Nara very well through the deer. I like your photos of the deer very much!
Just for your reference,
I used to explain especially to American tourists, 「Your President Truman said “The buck stops here” But here in Nara people used to practice “Passing the buck”」 or something like this. Cosmos’s comment reminded me of the days when I was a volunteer guide.

haricot さんのコメント...


Thank you for your kind comment.
I came to know many people know the story about dead deer in front of a door...
To take photos of deer seemed to difficult for me, but I tried to do just enjoying. It helped a lot,
and this day also became a good memory.

Christine さんのコメント...

This is a wonderful post. In Australia we do not have deer living in the wild; they live on farms. There is so much to see. I like the way you tell your own story with the photographs.

haricot さんのコメント...


Thank you for visiting.
I'd like to see deer on farms in your country. I imagine a vast farm where let put deer on.
It must be beautiful.

☆sapphire さんのコメント...


I love your tanka!! "shim shim shim" sounds so lovely. Next time I visit Tobihino, I want to carefully listen to deer's grazing sound if I ever have a chance to do so. In Aki-no-Miyajima, there are many wild deer too. But I found them very skinny, for it is forbidden to feed them.
Your sixth photo is really beautiful. I like the colors, especially your green. As I have always been just a touritst in Nara, everything in the old capital has enchanted me!!

haricot さんのコメント...


Hi, thank you very much.

Elizabeth さんのコメント...

Such a splendid evocation of the autumn!
It has been particularly lovely here in New York.

haricot さんのコメント...


Thank you for visiting my blog.
I'd like to visit your city, The big apple someday.

Ekaterina Trayt さんのコメント...

しむしむ sounds so cute ^^

I moved from a big city to a small town, and I enjoy my new place a lot. I'm more of a small town girl, even though I was born in Moscow. So you used to live in Nara and now you live in some nearby place, do I understand correctly?

Do deer let you pet them? They look so soft :)

haricot さんのコメント...

Ekaterina Trayt

Thank you for visiting

Nara is not so big city, though.
Yes, now I live in a town nearby which is also in Nara city.

Deer live by themselves in nature, while they are so tamed. They don't afraid of people who passing by.