Photo: Sculptures from rice straw

The Japanese are reviving the tradition of the harvest season.

In autumn, rice is harvested in Japan, and the remaining rice straw is allowed to feed large cattle or fertilizer.

However, in the Niigata prefecture, straw is used differently – it is made up of giant figures, mostly animals and mythical creatures, and they hold a festival in the local park of Uvasekigata.

For the first time the event was staged in 2008 on the initiative of the tourism council and with the support of the local art university. Each figure is created manually on a wooden frame, and it takes about a week to build.

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