The deer at Nara are sacred messengers of the gods and they know it. When they see you walk around with one of the deer cookies that are sold for their feeding, they follow you and bow at you. They are so adorable!!!! P.S. The lanterns flanking this sacred deer were gifts by parishioners to Kasuga Taisha. In the same way that Fushimi Inari is famous for it’s 1,000 Vermillion Torii (there are exponentially more than a 1,000 Torii, but it sounds nice), Kasuga Taisha is known for its thousands of lanterns.