Scarecrow dolls (kakashi) in Nagoro village, Iya Valley, Japan. Nagoro Doll Village is an isolated village in the highlands of Shikoku Island whose population is slowly shrinking as its residents leave for big cities in search of work. A former resident, Ayano Tsukimi, returned to her home in Nagoro where she has populated the village with dolls, each representing a former villager. Around 350 of the giant dolls now reside in and around Nagoro, modelled on residents who died or abandoned the village years ago. The dolls are dressed in the clothing of former residents and assume their previous lives as farmers, shop keepers, teachers, etc. It is fascinating to visit the village and search for all the dolls.
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