If you’re one of the many whose scheduled flight to Japan for sakura viewing got cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, then you’re gonna want to see this!
Kazuki Ikeda, a Japanese photographer who was doing an engagement photo shoot for a couple at Nara Park, shared a scenic footage of Sika deer enjoying the cherry blossom season back in April—and now it has taken over the internet! In the video, the herd can be seen relaxing underneath pink burgeoning sakura trees, which makes for a tranquil and not to mention picture-perfect view.
As of writing, his now-viral post—which was initially uploaded on May 11, 2020—has garnered over 1.9 million views with 38.7K retweets and 93.9K likes on Twitter.
With the post making rounds on social media, the photographer even “received many requests” for a more hi-res video, prompting him to upload the original footage on YouTube. “Since it was taken with an iPhone, the image quality is not the best, but I think it is more enjoyable than watching on a smartphone,” he noted.
In an interview with Bored Panda, Kazuki also expressed his wishes for the video to bring a sense of serenity for everyone who’s currently quarantined at home. “The pandemic is exhausting the hearts of people all over the world,” he said. “I hope this video makes people around the world feel at ease.”
Nara Park is a famous travel destination located in Japan’s Nara Prefecture. It’s known for having over a thousand Sika deer freely roaming around the area and being playful with tourists. It’s also an especially popular spot during the sakura season, with about 1700 cherry trees planted across the spacious Nara Park.
In February 2020, it was announced that the Japanese government is cancelling its much-awaited annual cherry blossom festivals due to the COVID-19 outbreak.