Like most Japanese cities Nara appears to be just another city, but hundreds of years ago it was the original cultural centre of Japan, where the emperor would have resided. So today there is a part of Nara that still maintains old temples and shrines and of course the tourist shops that all tourist attractions have. But what makes Nara unique today is the hundreds of deer wandering around on the grounds of the ancient area. You might be tempted to compare them to Canada geese or pigeons. Stands sell senbei or crackers that tourists feed to the deer, which can make the deer quite aggressive. Even fawns will spot you and approach hoping for a handout. At the same time there are signs warning that the animals are wild and I did see one head butt a person in the rear end almost lifting him.