In Japan’s “Village of Dolls,” NAGORO, a nearly deserted village, there are more dolls than people.

In the Japanese island of Shikoku, a little community called Nagoro has become known as the “Village of Dolls.” The village is infamous for having more doll residents than people. Ayano Tsukimi, a local artist who was born and bred in Nagoro, is the maker of the dolls.

To compensate for the village’s diminishing population, Ayano Tsukimi started making dolls. The population of Nagoro decreased as young people left for bigger cities in search of employment and educational opportunities. Tsukimi began creating life-sized dolls based on the past villagers of the hamlet in an effort to preserve the memories of those who had left or died.

Old clothes, straw, and various items gathered locally are among the materials used to make the dolls. Each doll is distinctive and represents a particular person who formerly resided in Nagoro. They are scattered across the community in various places, such as houses, fields, and even alongside the highways, creating a spooky and strange ambiance.

Visitors to Nagoro can stroll through the village and observe the dolls, which vastly outnumber the actual inhabitants. The dolls have developed into a popular tourist destination, bringing visitors from all across Japan and the rest of the world who are drawn to the unusual and unsettling exhibit.

Nagoro and its “Village of Dolls” have drawn attention from around the world, and several media outlets have written about the village’s history. The dolls depict the village’s history, the effects of Japan’s rural population decline, and Ayano Tsukimi’s artistic vision.

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There Are No Children Here. Just Lots of Life-Size Dolls. - The New York  Times
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