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Photo Journal: Motherly monster

A large figure of an "oni," or ogre, and her child is seen at the Hiyoshi Yume Sanchi service station in Kihoku, Ehime Prefecture. Kihoku is the only municipality in Japan with the Chinese character for "oni" in its name. The 5-meter-tall figure was named "Yukihime," or "citron ogre princess," due to the area being a grower of citrons. Global figurine maker Kaiyodo Co. and others created the figure at a cost of around 12 million yen, with the town paying around 7.7 million yen of the fee. Aiming to attract tourists, the town created the figure to join an earlier one of a red oni set up at another service station, and is considering making a third oni figure as well. (Mainichi)

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