Thursday, April 15, 2010

Deer Hunter in Japan – I don’t really think it’s necessary?

One of the more bizarre news from Japan lately was that of the restaurant owner in Japan's ancient capital Nara, which is home to a bunch of Buddhist temples and free roaming tame deer. The restaurant owner shot one of the deer roaming the park with a crossbow. (Japan Times story here)

The roaming deer are tame to the degree that if you happen to have any of the fodder cookies sold there on you, you will quickly get surrounded by herds of them eager to get a piece of the cookie and not hesitating to nib at whatever part of you which happens to be close to it. It can easily turn into a situation where you find yourself hunted by a fray of hungry deer running out of fear of being mistaken for a fodder cookie and eaten alive.

Now, this restaurant owner apparently had a devious plan of shooting a deer with a crossbow and use the meat in his restaurant to save himself some money. He did succeed as far actually shooting a poor deer in the stomach with a crossbow bolt, but instead of dying the deer escaped and was found by the caretakers of the park. It received emergency treatment, but passed away at the operating table. To add to the sob story, the deer was apparently pregnant and is missed by her family of the other thousand free roaming deer in the park.

That someone would get the idea of killing a deer in the Nara Buddhist temple park is bizarre in itself since they are basically sacred animals and Buddhism usually kind of frowns upon killing animals for food in general...

But "hunting" a deer in the Nara park would literally be as easy as going up to one of them, feed them a cookie, hit them in the head with a stick, put them in a sack and carry it home and make a nice deer casserole. There is no need, whatsoever to "hunt" them from a distance with a crossbow, and then also failing at that.

I only hope that his true objective was to murder Sentokun...

7 comments:

aimlesswanderer said...

I have heard that they can get a bit aggressive at times, though they were fine when I went.

You're right, you've gotta be pretty darn incompetent to fail to kill an animal which you can walk right up to.

Mr. Salaryman said...

Yeah, I wonder if that owner didn't just wanna try out his "new cool bowgun" on some living animal more than anything, the meat story sounds quite stupid...

aimlesswanderer said...

Hmm, I am sure that there are restrictions on owning weapons like that here, so did the guy have or need a permit? I know that local meat is expensive, but killing the local sacred deer seems to be a pretty darn stupid way to get free meat. Not to mention failing completely.

stepherie said...

haha wtf....only japan produces the most bizarre news :P

Mr. Salaryman said...

Aimless - Yeah, and not sure how people would react to him selling deer dishes in Nara... I'm sure there would be plenty of questions on where he got his meat...

Stepherie - Yep, it's all gone downhill since you left, you need to come back for a visit soon again!

aimlesswanderer said...

Don't worry, he can just say that it is "extra special" beef from Australia or somewhere equally far fetched, and who knows what weird stuff them furriners get up to. Definitely not a good idea to hint that you may be selling the meat of the local protected communal pets.

Anonymous said...

Ooh he got caught by bragging to friends... never a good idea.

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