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The Village Of The Scarecrows - 16 March 2015
Tsukimi Ayano made her first scarecrow 13 years ago to frighten off birds pecking at seeds in her garden. The life-sized straw doll resembled her father, so she made more. Today, the tiny village of Nagoro in southern Japan is teeming with Ayano's hand-sewn creations, frozen in time for a tableau that captures the motions of everyday life. Nagoro, like many villages in Japan's countryside, has been hit hard by inhabitants flocking to cities for work and leaving mostly pensioners behind. Its greying community is a microcosm of Japan, whose population has been falling for a decade.
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A general view shows the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24,...
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Wider Image: The Village Of The Scarecrows
A general view shows the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. Tsukimi Ayano made her first scarecrow 13 years ago to frighten off birds pecking at seeds in her garden. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A vehicle drives past scarecrows sitting outside a closed down shop in the village of Nagoro on Shikoku...
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Wider Image: The Village Of The Scarecrows
A vehicle drives past scarecrows sitting outside a closed down shop in the village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. Today, the tiny village of Nagoro in southern Japan is teeming with Ayano's hand-sewn creations, frozen in time for a tableau that captures the motions of everyday life. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Tsukimi Ayano arranges a scarecrow in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan...
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Local villager Ayano arranges scarecrow in village of Nagoro
Tsukimi Ayano arranges a scarecrow in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. Nagoro, like many villages in Japan's countryside, has been hit hard by inhabitants flocking to cities for work and leaving mostly pensioners behind. Its greying community is a microcosm of Japan, whose population has been falling for a decade. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A woman pushes a wheelbarrow past scarecrows in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern...
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A woman pushes a wheelbarrow past scarecrows in the mountain village of Nagoro
A woman pushes a wheelbarrow past scarecrows in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Tsukimi Ayano props up a scarecrow in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan...
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Local villager Ayano props up scarecrow in village of Nagoro
Tsukimi Ayano props up a scarecrow in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Scarecrows stand in a field in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February...
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Scarecrows stand in a field in the mountain village of Nagoro
Scarecrows stand in a field in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Scarecrows sit in at the edge of a field in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern...
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Scarecrows sit in at the edge of a field in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Tsukimi Ayano carries a scarecrow to place it on the road leading into the mountain village of Nagoro...
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Tsukimi Ayano carries a scarecrow to place it on the road leading into the mountain village of Nagoro...
Tsukimi Ayano carries a scarecrow to place it on the road leading into the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Tsukimi Ayano arranges a scarecrow, which represents her father, in the mountain village of Nagoro on...
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Tsukimi Ayano arranges a scarecrow, which represents her father, in the mountain village of Nagoro
Tsukimi Ayano arranges a scarecrow, which represents her father, in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Scarecrows hold fishing rods in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February...
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Scarecrows hold fishing rods in the mountain village of Nagoro
Scarecrows hold fishing rods in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Scarecrows sit in front of a shed in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan...
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Scarecrows sit in front of a shed in the mountain village of Nagoro
Scarecrows sit in front of a shed in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Tsukimi Ayano arranges a scarecrow at a bus stop in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island...
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Tsukimi Ayano arranges a scarecrow at a bus stop in the mountain village of Nagoro
Tsukimi Ayano arranges a scarecrow at a bus stop in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Scarecrows sit in front of a house in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan...
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Scarecrows sit in front of a house in the mountain village of Nagoro
Scarecrows sit in front of a house in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Scarecrows representing former pupils and a teacher sit in a classroom in a closed down school in the...
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Scarecrows representing former pupils and a teacher sit in a classroom in a closed down school in the...
Scarecrows representing former pupils and a teacher sit in a classroom in a closed down school in the village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Tsukimi Ayano stands in a classroom with scarecrows at a closed down school in the village of Nagoro...
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Tsukimi Ayano stands in a classroom with scarecrows at a closed down school in the village of Nagoro
Tsukimi Ayano stands in a classroom with scarecrows at a closed down school in the village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A scarecrow representing a pupil holds a book in a closed down school in the village of Nagoro on Shikoku...
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A scarecrow representing a pupil holds a book in a closed down school in the village of Nagoro
A scarecrow representing a pupil holds a book in a closed down school in the village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Scarecrows representing pupils and a teacher sit in a classroom in a closed down school in the village...
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Scarecrows representing pupils and a teacher sit in a classroom in a closed down school in the village...
Scarecrows representing pupils and a teacher sit in a classroom in a closed down school in the village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A scarecrow representing a teacher sits in a classroom in a closed down school in the village of Nagoro...
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A scarecrow representing a teacher sits in a classroom in a closed down school in the village of Nagoro...
A scarecrow representing a teacher sits in a classroom in a closed down school in the village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A scarecrow is reflected in a window next to a letterbox in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku...
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A scarecrow is reflected in a window next to a letterbox in the mountain village of Nagoro
A scarecrow is reflected in a window next to a letterbox in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Tsukimi Ayano walks towards a scarecrow, which she made as a likeness of herself, in the mountain village...
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Tsukimi Ayano walks towards a scarecrow, which she made as a likeness of herself, in the mountain village...
Tsukimi Ayano walks towards a scarecrow, which she made as a likeness of herself, in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A scarecrow is arranged to look as if it is plowing a field in the village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island...
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A scarecrow is arranged to look as if it is plowing a field in the village of Nagoro
A scarecrow is arranged to look as if it is plowing a field in the village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A scarecrow stands in a field overlooking the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern...
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A scarecrow stands in a field overlooking the mountain village of Nagoro
A scarecrow stands in a field overlooking the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A scarecrow sits on a tree in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February...
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A scarecrow sits on a tree in the mountain village of Nagoro
A scarecrow sits on a tree in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A scarecrow sits in a field in the village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24,...
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A scarecrow sits in a field in the village of Nagoro
A scarecrow sits in a field in the village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A scarecrow is seen outside the house of Tsukimi Ayano in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island...
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A scarecrow is seen outside the house of Tsukimi Ayano in the mountain village of Nagoro
A scarecrow is seen outside the house of Tsukimi Ayano in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A scarecrow is pictured in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February...
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A scarecrow is pictured in the mountain village of Nagoro
A scarecrow is pictured in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A scarecrow is pictured in the house of Tsukimi Ayano in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island...
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A scarecrow is pictured in the house of Tsukimi Ayano in the mountain village of Nagoro
A scarecrow is pictured in the house of Tsukimi Ayano in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Tsukimi Ayano sows an ear onto a scarecrow in her house in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku...
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Tsukimi Ayano sows an ear onto a scarecrow in her house in the mountain village of Nagoro
Tsukimi Ayano sows an ear onto a scarecrow in her house in the mountain village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Tsukimi Ayano serves tea in her house in the village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February...
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Tsukimi Ayano serves tea in her house in the village of Nagoro
Tsukimi Ayano serves tea in her house in the village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Tsukimi Ayano steps out of her house in the village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February...
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Tsukimi Ayano steps out of her house in the village of Nagoro
Tsukimi Ayano steps out of her house in the village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A scarecrow lies behind a shed in the village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February...
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A scarecrow lies behind a shed in the village of Nagoro
A scarecrow lies behind a shed in the village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 23, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Scarecrows are seen at sunset in Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 23, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas...
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Scarecrows are seen at sunset in Nagoro
Scarecrows are seen at sunset in Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 23, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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