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15+ Giant Straw Sculptures From an Annual Festival in Japan That Will Leave You in Awe

The Niigata Prefecture in Northern Japan holds an unusual art festival that gathers thousands of visitors every year. The uniqueness of the event lies in the material they use for creating their sculptures — rice straw that is left over after the rice is harvested. This straw is called ’wara’ which is where the name — ’wara art’ comes from. Basically, this straw is used for various purposes like covering roofs, as a fertilizer, or as livestock feed, but Niigata decided to come up with this creative way of creating giant statues that amaze onlookers with their size.

We at Bright Side are still astonished at all the wara statues we saw and we have chosen the ones that impressed us most of all.

Here’s what it all starts with.

And here are the results:

Gorilla

Crocodile

Goat

Eagle

Mammoth

Monkey

Dragon

Crab

Cow

Lion

Ant

Mantis

Rhino

Hippopotamus

Bear

Chameleon

Sphynx

Shark

Anglerfish

Which of these sculptures amazed you the most?

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