Roadside Art

Have you heard of roadside art? It is often  (usually) created by unknown artists, is large and visible as we drive by. It may be a huge dinosaur rising above us, or a bridge shaped like a giant frog. This week Natchan took me to see giant dolls that are crouching by the filed digging weeds or fishing in a stream.

Woman planting seeds ( or is it??)

Woman planting seeds ( or is it??)

Life-size human figures wearing ordinary clothing and doing everyday things, some of them fooled me into thinking they were real people! The artist responsible is Ayano Tsukimi (綾野月見) of  Kakashi no Sato 案山子の里 in Tokushima, Shikoku. She came to Yuki-cho to teach people how to make these dolls! (or “scarecrows” as she also calls them!)

Guess which one is a real perosn!

Guess which one is a real person!

I enjoyed looking at them. Apparently, the bodies are simply newspaper wrapped in vinyl trash bags, then dressed in real clothing. The sun and rain has faded some of their clothing but they still are amazingly real!

Fishing in the stream

Fishing in the stream

I noticed one that had a name tag. He was a recreation of the famed animation director, Miyazaki Hayao. It does resemble him quite a bit, don’t you think?

Natchan with Miyazaki Hayao

Natchan with Miyazaki Hayao

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Earlier in the day,we visited Yuwa and took Mayumi out for lunch as it was her birthday. She wanted to stop at a recycle shop called “Heart Market.” She was able to find a skirt and a nice sweater for 300 yen apiece. So tickled she wore it home!

Celebrating a birthday!

Celebrating a birthday!

There we met Yoko, a resident of Saiki who recently moved back to her husband’s hometown from the city. She was very fun to talk to so we exchanged addresses. All in all it was a great day! There is a lot to see in Saiki-cho and Yuki-cho.

Me with new friend, Yoko!

Me with new friend, Yoko!

Mayumi shared some of her artwork with us too. This one was inspired by a “collage letter” she received from a friend in America! Nice bold colors!

Exotic Bird by Mayumi

Exotic Bird by Mayumi

I really admire the creators of roadside art. It is a special artform that essentially anyone can create! Maybe even I could??

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. todaysillustrationtomorrow
    Dec 06, 2013 @ 14:22:22

    I would totally go learn how to make Kakashi if there’s a workshop! That should be our next project together!

    Reply

  2. todaysillustrationtomorrow
    Dec 06, 2013 @ 14:23:38

    Wow, i just noticed Mayumi’s drawing…that’s pretty amazing! Nice composition and colors! Please tell her that.

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  3. leahmama1Leah
    Dec 07, 2013 @ 04:47:10

    Thanks! I’ll tell her you said so!

    Reply

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