Japanese dolls help survive on nearly uninhabited island

Japanese dolls help survive on nearly uninhabited island

In Shikoku, the smallest and least visited of Japan's four main islands, a Japanese woman found a surprising way to combat loneliness: she repopulated her city with huge and elaborate scarecrows.

People around the world travel to the village to see the scarecrowsSOURCENEXT / ALAMY STOCK PHOTOI had begun to explore the heart of Shikoku, the smallest and least visited of Japan's four main islands. I drove tense with my rental car down the one-way road through a mountainous valley toward a famous grapevine bridge.I followed a seemingly deserted village with a dozen houses perched precariously on metal stilts over a river, turned the corner, and saw in the distance three figures leaning against a power pole.They wore rubber boots, trousers and jackets made of rustic cloth and white gloves.Baseball helmets covered their heads.But something seemed strange in their postures.They didn't look very human.When I got close, I realized that they weren't really human.Their faces were made of plump white fabric, with buttons in place of the eyes and black line composing the eyebrows.The bridge that symbolizes the despair of the Venezuelan exodusThere is no safe level of alcohol c...


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