Giant Beasts at the Rice Straw Art Festival

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Kagawa Prefecture and Niigata Prefecture in Japan have the most famous “straw art festivals,” which are large straw sculpture displays. Every fall, rice is harvested, leaving behind straws.

Traditionally, straw was used to thatch roofs. In much the same manner, these straw sculptures are thatched around wooden frames. But instead of roofs, enormous dinosaurs, bugs, and much, much more are created.

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