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Dozens of sika deer, also known as Japanese deer, crowded along the roadway that bisects Nara Park in Japan, where they live.

Invasion of the 'Fawna' Video: Dozens of Bambis Stage Sit-in on Road in Japan's Nara Park

ICTMN Staff
11/8/13

Blockades have been in the news lately, given indigenous resistance to fracking and other industrial invasions around Turtle Island.

But a different sort of blockade is happening across the Pacific at the tranquil Nara Park in Japan, about 300 miles southwest of Tokyo. It’s a deer park, meaning it is filled with gardens and deer—the Sika deer, Cervus nippon to be exact, also known as the Japanese deer—that are spotted and thus appear fawnlike.

“The park is home to hundreds of freely roaming deer,” according to the website Japan-Guide.com. “Considered in Shinto to be messengers of the gods, Nara's nearly 1,200 deer have become a symbol of the city and have been designated a natural treasure.”

Shinto, the site explains, means "the way of the gods" and is the indigenous faith of the Japanese people, “as old as Japan itself.” It and Buddhism are the main religions in the country today.

Visitors can buy little crackers to feed the deer. Though the animals can get feisty if they think you’re about to hand over a cracker, they are for the most part tame, the site says, even bowing when offered food, as the website Kotaku.com notes.

In August the deer staged a sit-in of sorts on the road that bisects the park. 

Horde of deer occupying the road at Nara. 奈良公園の鹿達、道路を占領して涼を取る

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Aqunne Waumpasuc's picture
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Submitted by Aqunne Waumpasuc on
I feel that these Fawna Deer are in protest to the FRACKIN in North America, if they are the messengers of " the way of the gods", maybe they are brining the message of Frackin to the people of Japan. This process will effect them also, with the flow of the winds they to can be effected by Frackin, depending of wind flow. I ask all my brothers and sister who reside in Japan to make a offering and pray to the Gods to help with the elimination of Frackin in the continent and where else it may begin.

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Submitted by Debra Britt on
What are they trying to tell us? To stop and listen to Nature.To be more kind and gentle people. This is both sad and Beautiful.

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Debra Britt
Submitted by Debra Britt on
What are they trying to tell us? To stop and listen to Nature.To be more kind and gentle people. This is both sad and Beautiful.
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