Deep inside Japan, there is a small village. There are only 27 people in the village. But in addition to them, there are still more than 300 「people」 living there.
The small village in western Japan, called Nagoro, has recently become 「the village of the dolls.」 This is because there are more than 300 life-size rag dolls in the village, which is nine times more than the human population.
When a Japanese female artist named Ayano Tsukimi returned to her hometown of Nagoro 16 years ago, she found that many people had left the village. Nagoro is just a small village, and it is far away from everywhere, therefore many young people moved to big cities to find better jobs. What about the elderly? They passed away one by one.
When she saw the population of Nagaro village decreasing more and more, and thought of a weird idea: hand-make rag dolls to 「make the village more lively.」 Now, she has made more than 300 life-size rag dolls. She scattered 「these people」 in the school, on the farm, on the street, on the bench, outside the house, everywhere, to attract people's attention.
「People are leaving (this village)...and it is quite lonely here,」 she said.
Each rag doll represents a resident of the village. Some of the rag dolls are made from her memories of some people: some are old people who had passed away, some are friends who had moved away. However, she admits that not everyone will like it, because these life-size rag dolls may give people a sense of horror.
Do you want to spend a night there?