Though I have lived in Nara for more than twenty years, it was first time for me to see a deer standing on its hind legs.
Several times, she tried to catch young leaves of a maple tree and at last she made it.
Walking through the Nara Park, you notice there is a clear open space under the trees. Do you know that this unique visual path is made by the deer? The deer stand on their hind legs to reach up as high as possible to eat the leaves off the trees. This is so called “Deer Line” which is one of the unique characteristics of the Nara Park.
Usually, the branches of a weeping cherry tree are hanging as low as the ground. Look at this weeping cherry tree. The tips of the branches are trimmed neatly by the deer. It is interesting that the line of the tips of the branches is parallel to the ground. Here also you can see the “Deer Line”.