Cookies on The Tuam Herald website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. We also use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the The Tuam Herald website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time by amending your browser settings.
Hide Message
  • Living

A taster of Japan

Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018 9:51am

Story by David Burke
Jump to comments
A taster of Japan

THE great Torii (gate) at Miyajima at low tide.

A taster of Japan

THE great Torii (gate) at Miyajima at low tide.

THE last thing you’d expect on a visit to a Japanese temple is to be bitten by a deer. Deer are those shy animals who run a mile at the sight of a human, aren’t they? But in Japan they were historically regarded as messengers of the gods, which is why you won’t see venison on the menu any time soon.
Because of this exalted status, deer wander freely among the crowds around certain temples, and if they think you might have food for them they are not shy.
Which is why I was bitten. Not bitten really, more nipped by a young buck who wanted a deer biscuit and didn’t appreciate it going to the doe on my other side.
Getting up close and personal with the local wildlife was not on my agenda for the trip to Japan I had been anticipating for decades. But the deer featured memorably, as did the monkeys — more about them later.
Anyone I ever met who had been to Japan seemed to use the same word to describe it — amazing. I’d have to agree. It’s like nowhere else on Earth I have ever experienced, a blend of high-tech Western civilisation with an ancient and very proud culture.

Read the full feature in this week's edition of The Tuam Herald

Purchase a digital edition gift subscription for 1 YEAR  for those overseas. Local news on the move and accessible on all platforms; desktop, tablet and smartphones