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Straw Sculptures In Japan

At the end of rice harvesting season, the folks of the Kagawa and Niigata Prefectures in Japan hold a straw festival to celebrate the abundance of the harvest. Dried straws cover wooden frames to form larger-than-life sculptures from animals like sharks and gorillas to vessels such as ships and tanks. The family-friendly event invites visitors of all ages to engage, interact, and play on the enormous structures.
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27 Jun 2015 09:01:00
Neapolitan Christmas Nativity figurines on display at 'Maestri Ferrigno', which opened in 1836, at Via San Gregorio Armeno

Neapolitan Christmas Nativity figurines on display at “Maestri Ferrigno”, which opened in 1836, at Via San Gregorio Armeno on December 14, 2011 in Naples, Italy. Via San Gregorio Armeno, Christmas Alley as it is known, is considered by many to be the world capital of the Nativity and home to the artisans and merchants who specialize in the art and the craft of the Neapolitan Presepe. Over the Christmas period, more than half a million tourists come to see the shops. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
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17 Dec 2011 12:17:00
Porcelain Figurines By Martin Klimas

From a height of three meters, porcelain figurines are dropped on the ground, and the sound they make when they hit trips the shutter release. The result: razor-sharp images of disturbing beauty—temporary sculptures made visible to the human eye by high-speed photography technology. The porcelain statuette bursting into pieces isn't what really captures the attention; the fascination lies in the genesis of a dynamic figure that replaces the static pose. In contrast to the inertness of the intact kitsch figurines Klimas started out with, the photographs of their destruction possess a powerfully narrative character.
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21 Apr 2014 12:59:00
Tourists take pictures of straw figurines of traditional deities Shennong (R) and Zhang Wulang (L back) during China's National Day Holiday, in Xinhua county, Hunan province, October 4, 2015. (Photo by Reuters/China Daily)

Tourists take pictures of straw figurines of traditional deities Shennong (R) and Zhang Wulang (L back) during China's National Day Holiday, in Xinhua county, Hunan province, October 4, 2015. (Photo by Reuters/China Daily)
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07 Oct 2015 08:08:00
A worker paints a santon, the typical figurines from Provence, at the Marcel Carbonel's Santon factory in Marseille, November 28, 2016. Santons are traditional hand-colored figurines usually set in Christmas Nativity scenes. (Photo by Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters)

A worker paints a santon, the typical figurines from Provence, at the Marcel Carbonel's Santon factory in Marseille, November 28, 2016. Santons are traditional hand-colored figurines usually set in Christmas Nativity scenes. (Photo by Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters)
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29 Nov 2016 13:41:00
Ziripot, a traditional figure stuffed with straw, is helped up during Carnival celebrations in the Navarran village of Lantz, on February 16, 2015. (Photo by Vincent West/Reuters)

Ziripot, a traditional figure stuffed with straw, is helped up during Carnival celebrations in the Navarran village of Lantz, on February 16, 2015. (Photo by Vincent West/Reuters)
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21 Feb 2015 11:21:00
Men use ropes to try and right a supply truck overloaded with wheat straw along a road in Dargai, in the Malakand district, about 100 miles northwest of Pakistan's capital Islamabad, on April 13

Men use ropes to try and right a supply truck overloaded with wheat straw along a road in Dargai, in the Malakand district, about 100 miles northwest of Pakistan's capital Islamabad, on April 13, 2012. (Photo by Mian Khursheed/Reuters)
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22 Apr 2012 12:15:00
Farmers ride home on a tractor pulling an overloaded trailer full of straw in a village outside Faisalabad, Pakistan May 3, 2017. (Photo by Caren Firouz/Reuters)

Farmers ride home on a tractor pulling an overloaded trailer full of straw in a village outside Faisalabad, Pakistan May 3, 2017. (Photo by Caren Firouz/Reuters)
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11 Jun 2017 07:10:00