Japan’s 10th Annual Rice Straw Sculptures Festival
Every Fall after annual rice harvest, Japan farmers will use some leftover rice-straw (known as “wara”) to build some giant, beastly sculptures for the Wara Art Festival, held at Uwasekigata Park.
This year the 10th anniversary is Wara Art Festival. The festival’s organizers are celebrating the occasion by making the already immense sculptures twice as big! The sculptures are so huge they need special wooden frames for greater stability. Designs include fierce lions, gigantic gorillas, enormous crocodiles, and hefty rhinoceroses. These sculptures are mostly built by art student from the local Musashino Art University.