Scarecrows in Japan

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

It will soon be time for the rice harvest in Japan. Japanese farmers, like their counterparts around the world make scarecrows to frighten away birds from their precious grains. This practice has been going on for a long time and is even recorded in that ancient 8th century Japanese history book, the Kojiki.

Scarecrow in Japan

Farmers in Japan go to some lengths to produce a variety of remarkable scarecrows (kakashi). Note the leather bag and neck scarf in the example above, now that is scary.

In Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan, Kakashi Road 280 is an event held in September along Route 280 to display as many colorfully dressed scarecrows as possible. Similar scarecrows festivals have been held in Machida in Tokyo and Nara.

Scarecrows in Japanese field

Other methods used to scare off birds such as crows in Japan include old CDs, beer cans and plastic propellers, as well as nets placed over the ripening rice.

Japanese Scarecrows


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