かかしむら Scarecrow village
Story: Earle sensei Photography: Mitsuko Tashiro
P1: I am a mother of scarecrows. I am Tsukimi Ayano.
P2: I have been making scarecrows for more than 15 years.
P3: I live in ‘Scarecrow village’ in ‘Nagoro.’
P4: You get off the train at ‘Ooboke’ station.
P5: From there, it takes about one hour by car, and is on top of a mountain.
P6: There is the ‘Yoshino’ river near ‘Scarecrow village’. The water in the river is famous for its beauty.
P7 There is a famous suspension bridge called ‘Iya’s Kazura bridge.’
P8 It is a suspension bridge, so it sways when you walk.
P9 Welcome to the Scarecrow Village. There are more scarecrows living here than people.
P10: When I was a child, there were lots of people living here. But now, there are about 30 people and more than 200 scarecrows.
P11: The village had become lonely, so I attempted to make scarecrows. People in the village were pleased.
P12: I made scarecrows which looked like my friends, those I used to play with, and other people in the village.
P13: These are friends from my childhood.
P14: This is a primary school.
P15: This is a grandma and a baby.
P16: They are wearing beautiful kimono, aren’t they?
P17 Nowadays, the people in the village help me making the scarecrows. This is how the number of scarecrows has increased.
P18: Please look at our scarecrows. What do you think they are doing?
P19: What do you think they are saying? Please use your imagination.
P20: And, one day, please come to visit our scarecrows. We will be looking forward to seeing you here.