Scarecrow festival かかし祭

Scarecrow festival かかし祭

Every year there is a scarecrow festival in Satomi, which used to be a town in its own right and is now part of Hitachi-ōta City. I have been to the festival many times over the past decade or so and last autumn, not only did the festival go ahead (I assume they considered cancelling it due to the Covid situation) but there were some very interesting scarecrows on show.

These included a Gundam:

Naomi Osaka:

A dragon:

Anpanman’s superhero buddy Shokupanman (“Sliced Bread Man”):

At least one or two farm animals:

And last but not least, a papier mâché recreation of Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Japan (“fugitive,” it says at the bottom):


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