The giant straw sculptures of Niigata
Many of you have probably heard about the massive snow sculptures of the Sapporo Snow Festival, adding a fun event to look forward to in the dead of the harsh winters of Japan’s northernmost prefecture. But what about the straw sculptures of the Wara Art Festival in Niigata Prefecture?
To celebrate the end of the rice harvest and the abundance of straw that is produced as a result, the folks in Niigata put all that extra dried stuff to creative use, making huge straw sculptures that tower over the thousands of people who come to visit them.
The sculptures are actually made much like a thatched roof, but the straw is instead attached to frames to create enormous figures. The effort it takes to erect these straw sculptures is amazing.
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