Giants of Rice Straws Rise Again in Japan’s Wara Art Festival

Giants of Rice Straws Rise Again in Japan’s Wara Art Festival

Giants of Rice Straws Rise Again in Japan’s Wara Art Festival

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

Giants of Rice Straws Rise Again in Japan’s Wara Art Festival

Giants of Rice Straws Rise Again in Japan’s Wara Art Festival

Celebrating the start  of September – October rice season

Giants of Rice Straws Rise Again in Japan’s Wara Art Festival

Giants of Rice Straws Rise Again in Japan’s Wara Art Festival

Collaboration between the local tourism council of Niigata City and students of Musashino Art University

Giants of Rice Straws Rise Again in Japan’s Wara Art Festival

Handmade giants made of wooden rods for spine, and dried leftover rice straws

Giants of Rice Straws Rise Again in Japan’s Wara Art Festival

Giants of Rice Straws Rise Again in Japan’s Wara Art Festival

Since 2008 these sculptures are exhibited at Uwasekigata Park

Giants of Rice Straws Rise Again in Japan’s Wara Art Festival

Giants of Rice Straws Rise Again in Japan’s Wara Art Festival

Giants of Rice Straws Rise Again in Japan’s Wara Art Festival

Giants of Rice Straws Rise Again in Japan’s Wara Art Festival

Giants of Rice Straws Rise Again in Japan’s Wara Art Festival

Giants of Rice Straws Rise Again in Japan’s Wara Art Festival

 
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