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Japanese Artist Makes Life Sized Doll Replicas of Hundreds of Deceased Villagers

After leaving Nagoro for 11 years, Tsukimi returned to find that most of the town had either died or moved to larger places in search of better opportunities

By Lori Zimmer - Source: http://inhabitat.com

Art © Ayano Tsukimi

Art © Ayano Tsukimi


In a Japanese town with a dwindling population, local resident and artist Ayano Tsukimi is keeping the spirit of her former neighbors alive by making doll versions of them. These life-sized figures of the deceased can be seen all over the little village of Nagaro, which now has a population of only 35 people. Tsukimi has hand made over 350 dolls to represent the town’s former residents in a beautiful (but also eerie) tribute to the community she loves.
Art © Ayano Tsukimi

Art © Ayano Tsukimi

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