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Wara Art Festival

Straw sculptures invade Niigata

Venue: Uwasekigata Park When: Aug 28th - Oct 31st 2022

Talk about an ingenious way to use leftover rice straw - to create dinosaur structures!

September is rice harvesting season in Japan, and instead of throwing away the rice straw, the Wara Art Festival is held where local artists build elaborate straw sculptures over wooden structures. This year (2015), dinosaur structures by Amy Goda, a local artist from Niigata, has made the Wara Art Festival famous online, overnight!

The methods used to create these dinosaurs are similar to those used to build thatched houses, ensuring its stable structure. Visitors in Japan interested in catching these sculptural delights can head down to the Uwasekigata Park in Niigata City’s Nishikan Ward, where they will be displayed until the beginning of November!

The theme of the sculptures changes year by year, so look forward to new sculptures every year!

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Elena Lisina 11 months ago
Very unusual and what a grand view! I'd like to see them, but that place seems hard to reach by public transport.
Victoria Vlisides 7 years ago
Amazing! Haha and so clever!