Reader's Digest International - - Letters -

What seems like a doll­house at first glance is re­ally an ac­tual bus stop! Those who go for a stroll in the Ja­panese town of Nagoro will fre­quently en­counter life-sized pup­pets like these. Lo­cal artist Tsukimi Ayano, who is now nearly 70 years old, cre­ated the first fig­ure as an elab­o­rate scare­crow, but as more peo­ple moved away from the vil­lage, Ayano be­gan to re­place the dwin­dling num­ber of in­hab­i­tants with pup­pets. To­day the pop­u­la­tion of Nagoro is nearly 200—al­beit 150 of them are real dolls!

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