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Giant Straw Animals Invade Japanese Fields After Rice Harvest And They Are Absolutely Badass
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Giant Straw Animals Invade Japanese Fields After Rice Harvest And They Are Absolutely Badass

Fall is a season of harvesting, and festivals to celebrate it are currently taking place all over the world. In Northern Japan, the Wara Art Festival recently rang in the September-October rice season, and it’s a wildly inventive and fun way to repurpose rice straw left over from the harvest.

Wara Art Festival has been taking place in Niigata City since 2008, where it began as a creative collaboration between the city’s tourism division and the Musashino Art University. Rice straw was once widely used in Japan to produce various goods, such as tatami mats, but has now been replaced by wood and plastic in most instances. The students of Musashino worked together to fill the fields of Niigata with giant animal sculptures made of bound rice straw, and they’ve been doing it every year since then.

Check out the best displays from the 2017 festival below, and definitely put a trip to Japan on your fall to-do list for next year.

More info: Wara Art Festival (Japanese), Facebook

Image credits: Wara Art Matsuri

Image credits: Wara Art Matsuri

Image credits: Wara Art Matsuri

Image credits: Wara Art Matsuri

Image credits: Wara Art Matsuri

Image credits: Wara Art Matsuri

Image credits: Wara Art Matsuri

Image credits: Wara Art Matsuri

Image credits: Wara Art Matsuri

Image credits: Wara Art Matsuri

Image credits: Wara Art Matsuri

Image credits: Wara Art Matsuri

Image credits: Wara Art Matsuri

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Anne Hopkinson
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4 years ago

Love it, and the artists all look like they are having a great time doing this!

Raptorex
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4 years ago

Creature's name from 1 to 5 King Kong Crocodon Bonyip Japanese Buffalo Rhinosaurus (i know its rhinocerous, but that is a monster's name)

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Amanda Panda
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4 years ago

This makes me feel super itchy ... but amazingly done!

LaurenAshton
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I resigned my office-job and now I am getting paid £64 hourly. How? I work over internet! My old work was making me miserable, so I was forced to try something different, two years after...I can say my life is changed-completely for the better! Check it out what i do..... http://cutt.us/THcxp

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Jason O'R
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4 years ago

Team work and solidarity for love of art! It's beautiful and cultural I wish I was a part of this!

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Anne Hopkinson
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4 years ago

Love it, and the artists all look like they are having a great time doing this!

Raptorex
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4 years ago

Creature's name from 1 to 5 King Kong Crocodon Bonyip Japanese Buffalo Rhinosaurus (i know its rhinocerous, but that is a monster's name)

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Amanda Panda
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4 years ago

This makes me feel super itchy ... but amazingly done!

LaurenAshton
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4 years ago

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I resigned my office-job and now I am getting paid £64 hourly. How? I work over internet! My old work was making me miserable, so I was forced to try something different, two years after...I can say my life is changed-completely for the better! Check it out what i do..... http://cutt.us/THcxp

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Jason O'R
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4 years ago

Team work and solidarity for love of art! It's beautiful and cultural I wish I was a part of this!

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