21 October 2013

Sculpting with straw

It's fall in Japan. And like every fall, rice is harvested, leaving behind straw to be hung and dried. In some rural areas, though, the rice straw has a special use: Making giant beasts.

Kagawa Prefecture and Niigata Prefecture have the most famous "straw art festivals," which are large straw sculpture displays.

Traditionally, straw was used to thatch roofs. In much the same manner, these straw sculptures are thatched around wooden frames.
From Kotaka, which has many more examples assembled in a gallery, via Neatorama.

1 comment:

  1. Also nearing time for the Julbocken i Gävle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gävle_goat. Here's a link to the official webcam: http://www.merjuligavle.se/Bocken/ (not yet up for the season)


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