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Time stands still in Japan's village of scarecrows

 Reuters 23 March 2019

In the tiny village of Nagoro in southern Japan, 150 life-sized scarecrows created by Tsukimi Ayano pose in houses, fields, trees, streets and the local school which now lies empty. At 65, Ayano is among the youngest residents of Nagoro, home to just 35 people. Sometimes, her scarecrows are made to order, usually in the likeness of young people, who have left Nagoro to work in nearby cities, or of residents who have died. They have now become a tourist attraction and “bring back memories” for the people of Nagoro. (394 Words) - By Chris Meyers

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A scarecrow sits on a tree in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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Tsukimi Ayano arranges a scarecrow at a bus stop in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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Scarecrows representing former pupils and a teacher sit in a classroom in a closed down school in the village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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Tsukimi Ayano sows an ear onto a scarecrow in her house in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Thomas Peter


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