Shika senbei (deer crackers) (鹿せんべい)
Shika senbei are sold in Nara Park, Nara City, to tourists for them to feed the deer that roam free in and around the park. The senbei are produced and sold by the Foundation for the Protection of Deer in Nara Park, and the trademark for these senbei has been registered by the foundation. Shika senbei are not meant for human consumption.
As deer can smell out any piece of senbei left in your bag, you have to give them all.
The Shika-senbei Throwing Tournament has been held since 1993 on Spring Equinox Day when Mt. Wakakusa opens for its spring climbing season. The admission fee is JPY 300.
In the Tournament, mega-size senbei are used, and there are specific rules, such as; 'if a deer eats the senbei a player threw, the distance to the front right leg of the deer will be measured for his or her record', or 'leave the senbei already measured on the field for deer to eat.'
As of 2008, the contest's official record is 59.0 meters which was set in 2008. There is also an unofficial record of 74.55 meters marked in the special tournament held during the summer vacation in August 2008.
As an annual event, Shikanosuke WAKAKUSA holds a live concert.
Theme song : the Shika senbei Twist