Giant straw animals invade Japanese fields after harvesting rice and they are absolutely tough to cook
Fall is a harvest season and festivals to celebrate it are taking place around the world. In northern Japan, the Wara Art Festival recently rang during the rice season from September to October, and is an incredibly inventive and fun way to reuse the remaining rice straw from the crop.
The Wara Art Festival has been held in the city of Niigata since 2008, where it started as a creative collaboration between the city’s tourism division and Musashino Art University. Rice straw was once widely used in Japan to produce various products, such as tatami mats, but has now been replaced by wood and plastic in most cases. Musashino students have worked together to fill the Niigata fields with giant animal sculptures of tied rice straw, and have done so every year since.