With pumpkin spiced latte in hand, I’m trading in my leaf-peeping schedule to see these incredible straw dinosaurs (I just need a plane ticket to Japan). The giant dino above is actually made of straw for the annual Japanese Wara Art Festival – “wara” means rice straw which can be found in abundance after the harvest. The dried wara is used to create tons of amazing sculptures that are displayed in Uwasekigata Park, located in Niigata City’s Nishikan Ward from September through early November.
The dinosaurs were created by art student Amy Goda. There is also a giant praying mantis, a king cobra, a not-so-rubber duck, and a massive pinchy crab.
Check them all out after the break.
For even more wild wara sculptures, check out the Facebook page.