This Nara workshop has been making deer crackers for more than 100 years and offers tours【Photos】

Originally published on Sora News by Casey Baseel

The oldest shika senbei maker in the city gives us an inside look and a fresh-cooked taste.

Nara has several temples, shrines, and statues of historical significance, but arguably the biggest draw to the city is its herds of deer which freely roam its central park and streets. Though they’re wild animals, the deer are an integrated part of the community, calmly and cheerfully interacting with human locals and visitors.

The deer are such a symbol of the city that they even have their own special snack, called shika senbei (“deer crackers”). It’s said that these deer treats

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