KETTLEWELL, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 14: A scarecrow dressed as a banker during the annual Scarecrow Festival on August 14, 2010 in Kettlewell, United Kingdom. Every year since 1994, hundreds of scarecrows have been created by the villagers and hidden on a treasure trail around the village . (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

No, it’s not the plot to this summer’s big horror blockbuster. It’s really happening in a Japanese village called Nagoro. But it’s still kinda creepy.


Nagoro is on Shikoku Island. For the last twenty-plus years, the village has seen a mass exodus of its denizens to bigger Japanese cities. So resident Tsukimi Ayano crafted a solution: she’s been sprucing the place up with hundreds of life-sized, scarecrow-like dolls. So now, instead of having an abandoned vibe, Nagoro feels more like a waking nightmare.


Watch the Tokyo Lens short documentary about Nagoro below.


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