Mikkaminumanosakura (三日見ぬ間の桜) – this is a highly descriptive and evocative Japanese word that means change happens very suddenly and intensely, much like the cherry blossoms that go from full bloom to being scattered on the ground in just a short period of time.
🌟The power of positive motivation: The freely roaming deer in Nara Park are considered sacred in Shinto religion 🦌⛩ These friendly “messengers of gods” have several shrines dedicated to them, are free to wander the city and they can even bow! Even though lowering their head is naturally a sign of aggression, bowing their heads has been reinforced with treats. These tame Nara deer are now conditioned to bow to people and get rewarded with tasty rice crackers 💪 Nara's nearly 1200 deer have also become a symbol of the city and have been designated as a natural treasure. 🇯🇵
These red gates are called torii, a metaphorical passage from the people-world to the sacred place of the Shinto shrine ⛩. When a single shrine has multiple torii gates, each gate represents a path into increasingly more sacred zones compared to what was present after passing through the earlier gate. The Fushimi Inari shrine is dedicated to Inari, the god of rice, whose messengers are foxes 🦊. The path to the top of Mount Inari led us under 10,000 torii gates, over 12,000 stairs and countless fox statues. Needless to say it was breathtaking 😅