City Erects 9.3-meter Replica of Dragon Quest's King Slime — Out of Hay

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

Not to be outdone by Chikuzen's seven-meter straw Shin Godzilla, Saitama Prefecture's Gyōda city has constructed a 9.3-meter replica of Dragon Quest's King Slime monster out of hay in its Ancient Lotus Park.

This is the city's third year constructing straw art in the park. The King Slime was made by harvesting straw from a rice paddy in Gyōda that also was cut to create Dragon Quest art during the summer.

The art broke world records and covered an area of 27,195 acres. Volunteers harvested the straw last month and then finished the King Slime on November 27. Visitors can few the King Slime and smaller hay slimes until March 26.

The Dragon Quest video game franchise is in the midst of its 30th anniversary celebrations this year. Outside of video game releases, the franchise also got a live-action stage play tour and television show, an exhibition with recreated full-size armor, and merchandise tie-ins with Fit's gum, sake, Toyota Prius, and much more.

[Source: Asahi Shimbun via Hachima Kikō]

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