Nagoro or Nagoru, now known as Nagoro Scarecrow Village (Japanese: 名頃かかしの里) is a village in the Iya Valley on the island of Shikoku in Tokushima Prefecture, Japan. It is known for the large number of realistic scarecrows positioned throughout the village, which have made it a tourist attraction.
The village is located on Route 439 in the Iya Valley, a remote mountainous area. It formerly had about 300 inhabitants, but the decline in Japan's population has caused that to fall to 35 by January 2015 and 30 as of August 2016[update]. Tsukimi Ayano, whose family left the area when she was a child, moved back to Nagoro in the early 2000s to look after her father, and made a scarecrow in his likeness that she placed in a field; she has since made more than 400 including replacements, and about 350 are in the village. Many are also likenesses of residents or former residents, while others are invented people. The village school, which closed in 2012, includes a large number; in one classroom, two children are self-portraits by the last two students to study there, who dressed them in their own clothes. Others include three men sitting at the base of a telephone pole on the outskirts of the village, a man fishing in the river, a group in a bus shelter, and utility workers performing roadwork. The village has become a tourist attraction and is known as Nagoro Scarecrow Village.
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