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Japan Photo Journal: Giant straw dinosaur on display in Sendai after tsunami recovery

(Mainichi/Ami Jinnai)

Giant straw artwork of dinosaurs and other animals have gone on display in Wakabayashi Ward of the city of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, in northeastern Japan. The giant figures were made using rice straw provided from local paddy fields that have recovered from tsunami damage following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. Among the showcased works is a new full-size tyrannosaurus figure that is 3 meters tall and 5 meters long. The annual event, which began in 2015, is hosted by a committee including the student volunteer group ReRoots. Three-year-old Haru Takiguchi, who came to see the rice straw art, appeared excited while viewing the tyrannosaurus, saying, "It's cool. And there was a dragonfly near its tail." Visitors can also participate in a photo contest by following the account "@sendaiwaraart" on Instagram or Twitter, and uploading photos or videos of the artworks with the hashtags "2020 Sendai straw art" and "photocon," short for photo contest (in Japanese). One winner will be awarded with 5 kilograms of locally produced new rice, while four people will receive 3 kilograms. The artworks will remain on display until Dec. 5.

    (Japanese original by Ami Jinnai, Sendai Bureau)

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