Japan is a mesmerizing place whenever and wherever you look. Even rice straw leftovers can become extremely viral and fascinatingly artistic when used as they are at Wara Art Festival. This is another annual event that occurs each Autumn in Japan, due to rice harvest season when farmers find interesting ways to attract tourists. Wara Art Festival is actually a collaboration between the local tourism council of Niigata City and students of Musashino Art University. Leftover of rice husks are usually used to feed the cattle to improve the soil, but these straws also known as ‘wara’ are used in an inspiring way in the Niigata province. Artists are creating handmade giants out of wooden rods to hold as a spine of a creature, to later fill them up with dried straws to complete the frame. It takes around an entire week for one giant to be finished. Since 2008 these sculptures are exhibited at Uwasekigata Park.
Annual event – Wara Art Festival
Celebrating the start of September – October rice season
Collaboration between the local tourism council of Niigata City and students of Musashino Art University
Handmade giants made of wooden rods for spine, and dried leftover rice straws
Since 2008 these sculptures are exhibited at Uwasekigata Park