Explore the hidden Japanese village where dolls replace the departed
Nestled in the hidden valleys of Shikoku, Japan, is the village of Nagoro. Eleven years ago, Ayano Tsukimi returned to her home in Nagoro. Confronted with constant departures, she has populated the village with dolls, each representing a former villager. Around 350 of the giant dolls now reside in and around Nagoro, replacing those that died or abandoned the village years ago.
In the Island of Shikoku, in Tokushima Prefecture, in the Valley of Iya, there’s a little village named Nagoro. The hamlet, hidden in the remote but scenic valley, is home to 51 people. But what’s even more amazing (or creepy, depends how you look at it) is that they are also home to around 150 life-sized dolls [...]