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Rice straw sculpture festival in Japan

Arsinoitherium, prehistoric animal. Rice straw sculpture festival in Japan

Arsinoitherium, prehistoric animal. Rice straw sculpture festival in Japan

Located in Niigata Prefecture on the island of Honshu, Rice straw sculpture festival in Japan attracts a lot of tourists in September, every year. In Japanese, “Wara” means rice straw, accordingly, the festival Wara means Rice straw sculptures festival. And September, when a lot of straw remains, is the best month for organizing such art festival. Basically, it is used as a bedding for livestock. However, the Japanese craftsmen came up with all their fantasy in creating giant sculptures. First, they build a wooden frame, and then lay straw or hay on it. In this way, they can recreate any figure – from a dinosaur to a scorpion. In addition to animals, masters skillfully build straw equipment and buildings.
Sculpture sizes up to 10 meters and more. Unfortunately, at the end of the holiday, they put them on fire. Each master burns his work to the glory of the festival and future meetings.

Rice straw sculpture festival in Japan

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sources:
jpninfo.com/27873
kotaku.com