Thursday, October 17, 2019

The creepy doll village in Japan

The Nagoro village nestled in the Shikoku valley has more than 350 dolls of all shapes, ages and dwellings in empty houses and roads.

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The declining birth rate and the aging population in Japan are the reason why rural villages are increasingly sparse. Young people flock to the big cities to work, leaving the villages with old people and very few children.

Nagaro Village in Shikoku Valley has only 37 people. The population in Nagaro village is growing, but not humans but dolls. With all shapes and ages, the number of dolls in the village has reached 350, arranged in houses and on the road.
Nagaro Village
A doll in Nagaro village. Photo: Unusual Places.
All the dolls are made here by Ayano Tsukimi, a villager. The idea of doing the job came 11 years ago, when Tsukini wanted to reduce the loneliness when returning to the village. She began making dolls of her late father to the villagers who had left or died.
Nagaro Village
Dolls appear everywhere, made based on the characteristics of people who have lived in the village before. Photo: AsiaOne.
Ms. Tsukimi said that this work came at a very random. At first, she planted a tree to forget her sorrow, but the seed couldn't grow. She then decided to make a dummy like her late father, which has been more than 10 years since. The dolls here are made from cloth, straw and old clothes.
Nagaro Village
Ayano Tsukini next to the mannequins she created. Photo: Kusuyama.
To attract visitors, the author also arranged a number of outdoor dolls and on the streets. The village was unknowingly discovered by Google's streetview application when saving images of almost real-life dolls appearing everywhere on the road. Nagaro Village has attracted curious people and a number of visitors.

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