Most people in the world are experiencing the magnificence of fall and depending on where you live, leaves will start to turn into shades of red, orange, and yellow in the coming weeks.
Along with the beauty of autumn, the season also ushers in the holiday season, with festivals galore.
In Northern Japan, the Wara Art Festival rang in the fall rice season – a widely popular event for its inventive and imaginative spirit.
The festival is also a way for innovative and artistic people to repurpose the rice straw left after the rice is harvested.
Since 2008, students of the Musashino Art School in Tokyo work to fill the fields of Niigata with massive straw animals that are sculptures of bound rice straw.
Over the years, seeing the straw sculptures has become an event in itself and once you see these amazing creatures, you will see why!
Art Students Work Together
There is a lot that goes into the design of the animals.
Students Bind Rice Straw To Create The Animals
The students build the sculptures alongside workers from the tourism board.
It’s Quite An Undertaking To Pull It Off
Aside from the art of the animal sculptures, it also takes a bit of engineering to pull it all together.
Head to the next page to see the finished product!