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UpdateMarch 22, 2018
ReleaseMarch 22, 2018

The Shika-no-tsunokiri (horn cutting (of the deer)) has an impressive 300-year history and is a popular autumnal event in Nara. Deer in Nara Park are thought to be divine messengers of the Kasuga Taisha Shrine and as stags shed their horns naturally in March and they start to grow again in May, October is the time they have become fully developed and thus potentially dangerous. For public safety therefore, the horns are reduced in length each October in a painless ceremony using a saw.