Straw Beasts

In Japan, the rice harvest has been going on for centuries. Here’s a look at a very clever way to deal with rice straw, after the harvest. It’s also a long-running tradition, and a fun one. Via Kotaku.

Kagawa Prefecture and Niigata Prefecture have the most famous “straw art festivals,” which are large straw sculpture displays.

Traditionally, straw was used to thatch roofs. In much the same manner, these straw sculptures are thatched around wooden frames. But instead of roofs, enormous dinosaurs, bugs, and much, much more are created.

Japan's Straw Beasts Are Huge, Wonderful, and Highly Flammable

Japan's Straw Beasts Are Huge, Wonderful, and Highly Flammable

Japan's Straw Beasts Are Huge, Wonderful, and Highly Flammable

Japan's Straw Beasts Are Huge, Wonderful, and Highly Flammable

Japan's Straw Beasts Are Huge, Wonderful, and Highly Flammable

Japan's Straw Beasts Are Huge, Wonderful, and Highly Flammable

Japan's Straw Beasts Are Huge, Wonderful, and Highly Flammable

Japan's Straw Beasts Are Huge, Wonderful, and Highly Flammable

Japan's Straw Beasts Are Huge, Wonderful, and Highly Flammable

Japan's Straw Beasts Are Huge, Wonderful, and Highly Flammable

Japan's Straw Beasts Are Huge, Wonderful, and Highly Flammable

Japan's Straw Beasts Are Huge, Wonderful, and Highly Flammable

Japan's Straw Beasts Are Huge, Wonderful, and Highly Flammable

Japan's Straw Beasts Are Huge, Wonderful, and Highly Flammable

Japan's Straw Beasts Are Huge, Wonderful, and Highly Flammable

Japan's Straw Beasts Are Huge, Wonderful, and Highly Flammable

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