Niigata is a region renowned in Japan for its delicious rice, but it also attracts a steady stream of tourists who come every fall to visit the famous Wara Art. This year’s sculptures include a roaring T-rex, triceratops, menacing praying mantis, and even a cute floating duck. Past festival artists have created sculptures of gorillas, sumo wrestlers, and even a yeti-like monster with a cave mouth large enough to walk into.
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Each artwork starts out as a wood frame. Builders attach the straw to the frames with a technique similar to that of building a thatched roof. The sculptures are located in Niigata City’s Uwasekigata Park, where they will stay until the beginning of November.
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Images via Wara Art Festival Facebook, Niigata City, amymauscd