The Nara Clan (奈良一族, Nara Ichizoku) is known for their manipulation of shadows and tending of deer, which graze in a large area of Nara clan forest. Nara was the capital of Japan in the tenth century. Shika means "deer" in Japanese. They have kept a book with medicine preparations and effects for generations which imply they are skilled in the area of medicine. Among the medicine described in this book are the secret pills used by the Akimichi clan. The men from this family are very lazy, tend to be attracted to overbearing women and are apparently geniuses .
The Nara clan seems to have a special relationship with the Akimichi clan and Yamanaka clan. For at least two generations, members of these three families have formed an "Ino-Shika-Cho trio," named after the first part of the names of the members. The Akimichi members are the Cho in the trio. "Ino," "Shika" and "Cho" are the names of three cards needed for a highly prized trick of "Inoshikacho" in the Hanafuda.
* Known Members: Shikamaru Nara, Shikaku Nara, Yoshino Nara