Deer in Nara Park mysteriously disappear during this year’s shikadamari season

Originally published on Sora News by Oona McGee

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Free-roaming deer continue to baffle visitors and experts with their unusual behaviour.

For the past two years, our Japanese-language reporter K. Masami has been monitoring the free-roaming deer in Nara Park in summer, witnessing a special summer-only gathering phenomenon known as “shikadamari“.

Loosely translating to “deer gathering spot”, shikadamari has been baffling even experts at the Nara Deer Preservation Foundation, who can’t explain why the deer gather on a particular patch of grass at the same hour, and for the same amount of time each day.

The animals congregate on the grass opposite the Nara National Museum inside the

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