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
Giant mantis. Rice straw sculpture festival in Japan

Rice straw sculpture festival in Japan, and not only

A duck
A duck. Rice straw sculpture
Rice straw sculpture
A sphinx. Rice straw sculpture
Airplane
Airplane
Ancient boat
Ancient boat
Big Ben straw sculpture at Snugburys in Hurleston near Nantwich
Big Ben, straw sculpture created in Hurleston, the UK
Cobra
Cobra straw sculpture
Crab
Children enjoying the giant straw sculpture of Crab
Floating on a bird
Based in folk tale straw sculpture – Floating on a bird
Giant head
Giant head. Wara straw art festival in Japan
Huge hippopotamus. Wara straw art festival in Japan
Huge hippopotamus. Wara straw art festival in Japan
Jumping kitten
Jumping kitten, realistic straw sculpture
King Kong
King Kong
Mammoth
Impressive giant straw sculpture of Mammoth
Maneki Neko cat
Traditional Maneki Neko cat welcoming guests to Wara straw sculpture festival
Mill
Mill
Satellite plate
Satellite plate
Shark
Shark
Stonehenge
Stonehenge, straw sculpture, built in UK
Sumo wrestler
Sumo wrestler
Tortoise
Tortoise
Whale
Whale
Wooden carcass for future crab
Wooden carcass for future crab

sources:
jpninfo.com/27873
kotaku.com

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