Here Is A Village Where Departed Residents Are Replaced With Life Sized Dolls - PickChur

Here Is A Village Where Departed Residents Are Replaced With Life Sized Dolls

A small village called Nagoro tucked into the valleys of Shikoku, Japan, has been gaining attention as a place where old residents are being replaced by life-sized dolls.

The work is part of a project by longtime resident and artist Ayano Tsukimi who returned to the village after an 11-year absence to discover many of her old neighbors and friends had left for larger cities or simply passed away. The town itself is dying with a dwindling population of about 35 people.

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While tending to his garden one day, Tsukimi constructed a scarecrow in the image of her father and was suddenly struck with the idea to replace other friends and family members with similar dolls. Over 350 dolls and a decade later, her work continues. She places each doll in a place she feels is important to the memory of that person, so strolling around, one might discover these inanimate beings. You can view them on Google Street View! [via colossal]

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