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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

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