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The scarecrows are the work of Tsukimi Ayano. She has been making them by hand ever since she moved back to the village to help care for her mother. The scarecrows are the work of Tsukimi Ayano. She has been making them by hand ever since she moved back to the village to help care for her mother.
NAGORO, Japan -

While the population of a small village in southwestern Japan has been in decline for decades now, scarecrows have popped up and outgrown the population of those still left behind.

Sitting in fields, at bus stops, in empty stores and even at a closed down school, scarecrows have taken over the shrinking village of Nagoro, frozen in time for a tableau that captures the motions of everyday life.

The scarecrows are the work of Tsukimi Ayano. She has been making them by hand ever since she moved back to the village to help care for her mother.

Ayano made the first scarecrow to resemble her father. She then made more, and couldn't stop.

Originally, the scarecrows were created not to fill the emptying village, but to do exactly as their name suggests: scare away crows from crops.

Ayano says there are 150 scarecrows currently out and about in the village, with the scarecrow population likely to keep growing.

Tourists have even started to visit Nagoro, also known as "scarecrow village".

Nagoro, like many villages in Japan's countryside, has been hard hit by the younger generation fleeing to the cities for work and leaving mostly pensioners behind.

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