The Repopulation of a Dying Japanese Village with Dolls

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Nagoro is a remote village, nestled deep in the valleys of Shikoku Island. It was once a bustling center with a dam, a big company and hundreds of inhabitants.

But the residents moved to bigger cities over the years. Its population is dwindling as the residents left behind continue to die.

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When Japanese artist Ayano Tsukimi returned to her village 11 years ago [t]here were hardly any people around anymore, so she decided to repopulate the place herself with handmade dolls.

These dolls can be seen strewn across the village, on benches, in the street, outside her home, working in farms, and even lounging about the abandoned school compound. Over a span of 10 years, she has sewn about 350 life-size dolls, each one representing a former villager.

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Sounds like the beginning of a very, very creepy horror movie.

Via Oddity Central for the full story and additional photos.

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About Heretic

I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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