Every autumn in Japan, following the annual rice harvest, lots of rice straw is left behind to be hung and dried. While that straw is traditionally used to thatch roofs, some people team up to use it and the same thatching technique to construct awesome straw sculptures over wooden frames.
The subjects vary from giant animals of all sorts, fantastic beasts, vehicles, and even a great big Maneki-neko. Entire straw art festivals have risen up around this activity. The most famous of which take place in Kagawa Prefecture and Niigata Prefecture.
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