The Invasion of the Giant Straw Animals

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The harvest season in Japan has some unique ways of celebrating, like the Wara Art Festival, which involves a fun way to repurpose rice straw left over from the harvest. It 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 Rice straw has largely been replaced by wood and plastic in many common consumer goods like Tatami mats, so the festival was started to fill this void and create something bold and unique.

Scroll down to see some images from the festival.

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