If you’ve ever been to Japan, you probably already know that rice is a huge part of their culture. Rather than bread, the Japanese eat rice at almost every meal, including breakfast. Alongside a diet heavy in protein and vegetables, rice makes for a balanced plate and palette. It’s no surprise that the country that loves rice is also one of the top producers in the world.
But, when you grow a lot of rice, you get a lot of something else too – straw. The Japanese call is “wara,” and in Niigata Prefecture, they don’t let it just lie around. Every year, local artist Amy Goda creates huge, incredible sculptures from the straw. It’s one of those things you really have to see for yourself to believe.
We could have told you to expect a giant, straw Tyrannosaurus rex, but isn’t seeing it for yourself so much better?
Obviously the best spot for a picture is in his mouth.
And check out this praying mantis. It’s clear that a lot of detail and planning went into this one.
This triceratops almost appears to be smiling.
From a different angle, you can see how big the sculptures really are.
His eye looks like a tightly-woven basket.
Amy Goda builds a wooden frame to act as the base of each sculpture.
Then, she adds the straw, stuffing and weaving it into the shape of an animal. It’s an itchy job, but so worth it.
The end result is not only awesome, but sturdy.
It’s a garden of straw sculptures, unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Keep up the good work Amy – next year we want to see a dragon!