When all the young people left the Japanese village of Nagoro in search of better opportunities in the city, the streets became silent and empty.
But a local artist, Ayano Tsukimi, took charge of the situation.
She made over 300 life-sized scarecrows, and placed them around Nagoro and the roads leading into town.
Although her solution was unusual, Tsukimi brought life and colour back to Nagoro.
Now Tsukimi has a workshop on the edge of town, where she collaborates with other villagers to make new scarecrows and keep the existing fabric citizens clean and tidy.
The workshop welcomes visitors. If you ever make it to Nagoro, make sure to pop in for a cup of green tea.
Tsukimi and her friends would love to see you.
For the full story on Scarecrow Village, check out my alternative travel blog – link in bio.
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