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Impressive rice straw sculptures at Wara Art Festival in Japan – See photos


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The “sculptures” will remain in Uwasekigata Park until the end of October

“Things that bring happiness” is the theme of the 14th Wara Art Festival, in the context of which Uwasekigata Park in Japan’s Niigita Prefecture is once again hosting giant rice straw sculptures.

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Every year, the organizers work with Musashino Art University to make use of the unused straw from the rice harvest. Art students at the university rise to the challenge of creating beautiful wooden structures. Although the works presented at last year’s festival were giant fear-inducing animals, this year’s approach is sweeter.

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Two of the straw sculptures, which embody happiness, are on the one hand a “maneki-neko (nodding cat)”, which is a symbol of good fortune, and on the other hand, the depiction of a “qilin”, a creature of Chinese mythology, said to be where and if it passes it brings happiness.

Rice straw sculptures

Although the 14th Wara Art Festival was officially held on October 8, the “sculptures” will remain at Uwasekigata Park until the end of the month.

The Wara Art Festival

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