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Little girl and toy by Majnouna Little girl and toy by Majnouna
This is my favorite photo in the entire trip. Seriously, the whole trip was worth it just for this pic, as far as I'm concerned. Call me crazy!

Nara is a very special city where herds of wild deer live peacefully alongside men. They've lived in the park for 1000 years, and they are so accustomed to people, and people to them, that they wander freely into the town. It's a surreal experience to be queuing to enter a temple with a deer alongside you just hanging out!
As I was sitting there by the road, just watching people reacting to deer, this little girl in red, dragging a red toy deer, came trotting among the real items... How frantically I snapped away with my point-and-shoot, praying to get just one good shot, because her mom was dragging her away quick!
And so, I'm in love with this pic. Cropped from the original, but otherwise untouched.

You'll see the first of the 2 on this blog post: [link]
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:iconcircus-doll:
Circus-Doll Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
This pic is phenomenal! Great shot!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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StrandedAlien Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Memories...I went there like four years ago. The instant the little old lady selling the deer biscuits gave me the biscuits, the deer descended upon me. (Not before that--clearly they respect the old lady!) One of them nibbled at the strap of my camera hanging from my pocket, and another nipped me on the butt!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
I miss it so much!
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:iconel-e:
el-e Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
great photo:>
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconel-e:
el-e Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
no problem^^
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
fantastic. and she's looking right at you! :)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
True! :D
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portheiusJ Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Professional Artist
I'm going to have to go to there someday, sounds really cool.
I love this pic for that quality of it though, with the juxtaposition of the toy and the real... Pretty cool. :nod:
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yes that's why I love it too :)
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:iconportheiusj:
portheiusJ Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Professional Artist
Yupyup. :D
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:iconsharingan-zero:
Sharingan-Zero Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
nice!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
:)
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:iconbreadfreak:
breadfreak Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Wow... what I hear of Nara, and this picture, is inspiring :B
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
Nara's incrdeible :nod:
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:iconlenaraskin:
LenaRaskin Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
Ah... Lucky you... I want to go to Japan too!!!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
You should!
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:iconmarie-aude:
Marie-Aude Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
C'est génial comme mise en abîme :)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Je suis d'accord, trop contente de la capture!
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:iconcluelesssevil:
CluelesssEvil Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
this is a great shot
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconktobermanns:
KtObermanns Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This is fantastic!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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Tariray Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ehee heee heee - trust japan to pop up with something ridiulously cute - haha well done Mana!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yep, I almost died of the cute! :XD: Thanks!
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:iconuneide:
Uneide Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
AH Mana, you make me miss Nara so! It was one of our favorite haunts when we lived in Japan. Thank you for the lovely image!!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
It would be mine too if I lived there, what a pretty and friendly city!
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Stargirl41393 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Haha, that's some lucky, yet really ironic shot!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah :lol:
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BilboobliB Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
very nice photo :)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Kollateralschaden Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
You forgot to mention how greedy the deer are. I bought some of those deer cookies and they almost ate me entirely.
They were also harrasing some students, who decided to do a picnic on the grass, and tried to eat their food.
But you're right, it really is amazing.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
It was unnecessary ;)
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salamanderFLAME Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Daw~:iconiloveitplz:
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
:aww:
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:icontroikania:
TroikAnia Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want to go there now after seeing this!! What a precious picture and an amazing experience!! *^3^*
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
It's so worth it!
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TroikAnia Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I believe you on that and I'm already looking at tickets XD lol wish I had the money tho >.>
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah it's pretty expensive :/ Especially because it's impossible to stop buying stuff when you're there!
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TroikAnia Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hahaha I can believe that & I would prolly be buying it up!!! ^^ lol
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samwongsart Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Great photo. The girl is too cute :aww:
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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samwongsart Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
Your welcome :)
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CrowCandy Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Haha! I recognize the deer with the sawed off antlers. Either that very one or one who looks exactly like him headbutted me right on my butt last summer because I wasn't giving him as many deer cookies as he wanted. XD

Did you go to Todaiji and the Sangetsudo while you were there?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
There are lots of those, I saw a dozen at least! And I got butted too :lol:
Todaiji yes :)
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Kollateralschaden Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Now that is creepy. The exactly same thing happened to my mother, also with one of the old ones, with sawn of horns.
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Supaslim Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
how incredible!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
:bounce:
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:iconiavas:
Iavas Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This is really funny and really sweet. Great catch!
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