by Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Monday 9 June 2014

Nestled deep in the valleys of Shikoku Island in Japan is a small and almost forgotten village called Nagoro. Once a bustling center with a dam, a big company and hundreds of inhabitants, the village slowly became deserted as its residents moved to bigger cities in search of better jobs, while those who were left behind continue to die. Such was the forlorn situation that greeted Japanese artist Ayano Tsukimi when she returned to her beloved village eleven years ago.

The village demographics had changed drastically and there were hardly any people on the streets. So the artist in Ayano decided to repopulate her village – with handmade, life-size dolls. These dolls are strategically placed across the village, on benches, in the street, fishing by the river, working in farms, and even taking a break at the abandoned school compound. Over a span of 10 years, Ayano has sewn about 350 of such dolls, each one representing a former villager who has since departed. Today, Nagoro has only 37 living inhabitants, and many, many dolls.

Via Oddity Central