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7-Meter Tall Straw Godzilla Goes on Display in Fukuoka

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

Every year, the small town of Chikuzen in Fukuoka prefecture holds its Dōntokagashi harvest festival. Despite the town's small population of approximately 30,000, they decided to celebrate in a big way.

The town constructed a seven meter tall (23ft) tall replica of Shin Godzilla's titular monster out of bamboo and straw. The artists have faithfully recreated Godzilla's image down to his rippled skin. Not only is beast massive in height, but his long tail also measures in at 10 meters (33ft). LED lights are embedded in the straw, allowing Godzilla to glow eerily at night.

A team of approximately 20 people spent four months designing and constructing the monster. On October 2, 150 volunteers came in to weave the straw. The replica was finally completed on Halloween after setbacks like weather prevented the team from meeting its October 23 completion date.

It was fully unveiled, with all the scaffolding holding it place removed, on Tuesday.

The town's festival kicks off on November 5. Visitors will be able to view the replica until early December.

Thanks to Gwyn Campbell for the tip!

Source: J-Cast News


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