— by Travis Levius: On the surface, Nagoro is like any other sleepy riverside village in southern Japan’s remote Iya Valley.

A winding drive through the small town appears to reveal elderly residents tending to their gardens and families waiting patiently at a bus stop. It all seems normal… until you realize that most of those “people” aren’t people.

They’re life-sized scarecrows — and they outnumber the human residents ten-to-one…

July 24, 2019