A Poet's Kiss

Albuquerque poet Mary Oishi puts poems, pictures, and thoughts here for her family and friends, and for lovers of poetry everywhere.

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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Sacred Deer at Nara


I bowed to the deer, holding a biscuit over my head. He bowed to me and took the biscuit. There are 1200 protected deer at the Shinto temple complex in Nara. Their pupils are rectangular like a goat's, but their pupils are horizontal in their irises rather than vertical. If you ever visit Japan, you must see the bowing deer of Nara. They are indeed a National Treasure of Japan. (Hint: hold the biscuit up high while you're bowing).

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