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Nara, Japanese city famous for its streets of tame deer, begins culling program within city

The animals, revered as messengers of the Shinto gods, have been damaging Nara farmers’ crops.

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Google Street View sighting in Yamaguchi Prefecture amuses Japanese Twitter users

What has two legs, antlers, and looks like it belongs in a rock band?

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Green tea ice cream from Nara combines everything we love about the city into one cute dessert

There’s so much to like about the city’s new signature sweet.

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New Nara deer adoption program lets you take home your own pet deer, help with overpopulation!

Love Nara’s legendary deer? You’ll love them even more when they’re in your house.

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In law-abiding, snowy Japan, even this deer apparently follows the traffic rules

If the town is nice enough to put up a sign for you, you may as well use it.

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Japanese snow monkey filmed trying to have sex with a deer【Video】

Researchers say this is the first time this type of behaviour between the two species has been recorded.

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Watch out for bicycling deer?! Strange traffic sign confuses and inspires Japanese Twitter

Can the internet hivemind can figure out what this sign means?

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Adorable bowing deer in Japan shows you can be concurrently cute and courteous【Video】

This deer can’t talk, but it definitely knows how to say thank you.

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Nara deer takes a stand against upcoming Japanese election by eating electoral poster

And Japanese Twitter users are quick to provide us with some hilarious political commentary.

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Lotteria releases new deer burger in Hokkaido for a limited time

The new “Wild Game Burger” comes with a choice of either one or two deer meat patties.

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Looking to get your cute animal quota in Japan? Check out these five locations!【Video】

Japan is the land of super adorable things and the animals there are no different.

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Thinking about moving to Nara? Here are eight things that may surprise you!

Moving to Japan from another country can be a bit of a culture shock. Some handle the transition without any problems, and others can find it initially overwhelming. But it’s easy to forget that Japan isn’t one giant monolith, and the various prefectures can be wildly different—so much so that moving to a new prefecture can bring plenty of surprises even for those born and raised in Japan!

A great example is one of our own RocketNew24 Japan writers, Masami, who shares some of the things that surprised her after moving to Nara. Here are nine that may resonate with you!

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Why deer are drawn to train tracks, and how Japan is solving the problem with this simple block

Recently Nippon Steel & Sumikin Metal Products unveiled a new type of deer bait that is not only highly effective, but also works exclusively on deer. It’s called a Yukuru and as you can see in the picture above, it’s pretty much just a regular salt lick but it contains one very important ingredient: iron.

That’s right, deer apparently go crazy for the great taste of the metal. It’s a fact that went widely overlooked until now.

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Deer hold up a train in Iwate Prefecture, Twitter users can’t help falling in love

Our love for adorable animals is well-documented at this point – we’ve sighed and squealed over everything from adorable cats to surprisingly cute sea slugs to deer waiting out the rain with humans. Today, we bring you more adorable animals, but this time it looks like they’re being real jerks!

Japanese Twitter users went crazy today after four deer were found ambling along some railroad tracks…and holding up the train behind them!

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Heavy rain in Nara means the deer line up under the eaves — just like people!

When the rain starts falling, people tend to start running to get indoors where they can dry off and drink a nice cup of hot chocolate. Or Jack Daniels, depending on age. But how often do we spare a thought for all the poor wildlife caught in the downpour? If you’re anything like this Twitter user, probably quite often!

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Deer overpopulation in Shiga Prefecture brings special-edition venison curry to restaurant chain

When people think of Japan, they often think of towering buildings, tons of traffic, and commuters being packed in trains like sardines into cans. But you’ll find that if you travel outside of the city center, Japan also has a plenty of nature and wildlife to be enjoyed as well.

One of the more well-known sights to be seen are herds of wild deer found in areas like Nara Park and Miyajima. Without any predators or hunters to worry about, the deer can breed freely and herd numbers can get quite high. Overpopulation can become a problem, not just for farmers and people living in the area, but for the surrounding wildlife as well. So what can be done when wild deer numbers get out of hand? Well one solution could be to do as Shiga Prefecture did, and cook up some special venison curry.

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Kitties, doggies, bunnies, and deer – even more stuff balanced on Japan’s pets!

Earlier in the week, we reported that the phenomenon of putting weird stuff on your pet and taking a photo of it was having a revival on Twitter in Japan. Today, we’re delighted to bring you even more pictures of a range of fuzzy animals with stuff precariously balanced on them!

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Man discovers fluffy wild deer nestled under porch, turns to Twitter for help

If you head out to the countryside in Japan you’re likely to notice that there’s a whole lot of wildlife to be found on these myriad islands. Whether it’s brown bears (Hokkaido), venomous snakes (Okinawa), or stinging centipedes (Everywhere), it’s important to be aware of what might be lurking. It’s not all creepy crawlies and bitey-stingies, though – there’s a possibility you’ll bump into capering monkeys, wild boar trotting down residential streets, and other adorable and fuzzy members of the animal kingdom. If you’re extra-lucky, one might even seek you out as a special friend, which is what happened to one bloke on Twitter when a deer decided to take up residence under his porch!

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Change your perspective: A quartet of videos from little-known Japan

If you’re a regular RocketNews24 reader, then chances are you’re already a fan of Japan and Japanese culture. But ask the average person on the street to tell you what they know about Japan, and most likely all you’ll hear are things like “geisha,” “sumo,” and “anime.”

With that in mind, today we’d like to share with you a selection of videos from our special website, “Another Side of Japan” from NHK World, which feature three of Japan’s little-known wonders and demonstrate the importance of perspective when looking at not just Japan but the world in general. The video tour starts after the jump!

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“Nara Quest”: The perfect parodying souvenirs from Nara Prefecture for all Dragon Quest fans

What would you get if you crossed the ancient capital of Japan with the massively successful Dragon Quest series of video games? Nope, it’s not a silly question, since this collaboration has already been realized in the form of “Nara Quest,” the funny title for a handful of amusing souvenirs from Nara Prefecture that parody the famous game franchise. Read on for a look at the clever goods!

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