Scarecrows in Japan – Every September, for as long as I’ve been living in Saitama (7 years), the rice fields behind the Kawagoe Toys-r-us on Route 254, have a fine display of scarecrows. This is the first year I’ve managed to do more than view from a distance and drove through the small ricefield roads to get a few photos. I had a sleeping baby in the car so we didn’t get out of the car to see them up close and personal. You might get some ideas for Halloween Costumes…
Scarecrows in Japan
A friendly oni (demon)
Shaun the Sheep Scarecrow
Monsters Inc Scarecrow
The kids favourite was this friendly demon, called an oni
in Japan, 鬼さん. Many children in Japan are terrified of this type of demon, which is usually depicted angry and menancing. They liked that he was smiling and waving. They also appreciated the Shaun the Sheep Scarecrow. It looks like an easy enough Halloween costume too. Pity I didn’t bring an Aran Sweater from Ireland! The Monsters Inc costumes look a little more time consuming.
Samurai Scarecrow / Halloween Costume
After seeing this Samurai Scarecrow I am inspired to make a samurai costume. It doesn’t look too hard.
I love the grey hair on the Obachan (granny)!
Her skirt is made out of crisp packets!
Good idea to make a skirt out of crisp packets, just not very practical!
Spiderman Scarecrow/ Halloween Costume
Spiderman isn’t the easiest costume to make, top points for effort on this one.
A Japanese high school student
School girl costumes were very popular in Ireland when I was growing up. They are easy to make if you have a high school student in the house.
Your guess is as good as mine!
This scarecrow is bent over, so son remarked how it was like he was leaning in the window to give us directions. Maybe that was the aim!
Obachans and Ojichans hanging out in the fields!
This is my personal favourite. From a distance it looked like a group of Obachans and Ojichans taking a break from a hard day in the rice fields.
Incidentally, the scarecrows weren’t doing much scaring. There were blackbirds everywhere. I wish I’d thought to take a photo of them! A few more photos hereafter;