Fall is here, which in Japan means it’s time for the annual rice harvest. Every year, farmers ensure that the leftover rice-straw, known as “wara,” doesn’t go to waste. In the coastal region of Niigata Prefecture, wara is used to make giant sculptures for the Wara Art Festival, held at Uwasekigata Park.
The festival’s organizers are celebrating the occasion by making the already immense sculptures big!
The sculptures are so huge they need special wooden frames for greater stability.
Designs include fierce lions, gigantic gorillas, enormous crocodiles, and hefty rhinoceroses.
This year’s festival will remain up on display through October 31, 2017.