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The Niigata prefecture in Northern Japan, is known for its rice paddies and rice production. Around this fall season, rice harvest occurs and so does the Wara Art Festival, as it’s a creative collaboration between the city’s tourism division and the Musashino Art University that has taken place in the city since 2008.

Since then, every year the school sends art students to Niigata and utilize left over rice straws from the harvest to assist in creating unique giant straw animals that range from a gorilla, lion, rhinoceros, crocodile and more.

While the festivities occur during the September-October rice season, check out the amazing sculptures above that were on display until the end of October, and the process on how it was constructed in the video below.

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Words by Renz Ofiaza
Staff Writer

scribbling by day, architect by night