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Abandoned Japanese village home to live-sized dolls

Abandoned Japanese Village Home To Life-Size Dolls

A 64-year-old woman in Japan is credited with populating an abandoned village - but not in the way you'd expect.

Over the years, people have slowly left the village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island. There are only a few dozen people left, but thanks to one woman's craftiness, she's been able to populate the small island with a division of life-sized dolls.

The handmade dolls are based on the people who have left - but their life spans are considerably shorter as each one only lasts three years.

Filmmaker Fritz Schumann featured the woman's ambitious art project in a documentary called "The Valley Of Dolls."

She says she's made roughly 350 dolls since she started more than a decade ago.

But that's not the only town where dolls outnumber people.

More than 23,000 dolls were displayed at an annual festival in Japan's Chiba Prefecture - which is home to just 20,000 people.

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phpoling May 02 2014 at 11:33 AM

Whoa/ It's beyond creepy, spooky, and haunting! I can see TAPS ( Ghost Hunters ) going there and find so many evidences! SPOOKY!

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In the way May 02 2014 at 2:19 PM

Cool! Unique artist living her own vision in honor of those who have lived there! Putting it on my "Must See" travel list!

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ecarlate May 02 2014 at 9:22 PM

Nice story!

But does AOL have any editors??? The phrase is LIFE-SIZED, not live-sized.

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dzizwheel May 02 2014 at 12:43 PM

It's "LIFE" size. Not "live" size. Doesn't anyone proofread their headlines any more?

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fmasone May 02 2014 at 1:35 PM

wait till they come to life..

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MICHAEL May 02 2014 at 1:46 PM

i think its kind of creepy and weird.

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hello steve May 02 2014 at 2:35 PM

The photographed spooked the hell out of me. I wasn't sure if that was a person or not.

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lastofthe2 May 02 2014 at 7:24 PM

The one thing that would be nice about a town of dolls, no crime, no theft, no murder, no rape, no bullying. No gun fire, no war, no death. Wouldn't have to worry about the government spending money they don't have, and no one would have to worry about the next meal, and the kids would be safe. Mmmmm.

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gracygirlg lastofthe2 May 02 2014 at 9:05 PM


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Pearltrans May 02 2014 at 6:51 PM

Why was the toen abandoned? I respect her art and her willingness to make a memorial. This must mean a lot to her and to the people who have left their hometown.

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El Jesso May 02 2014 at 5:49 PM

Would love to see a giant life-sized Godzilla doll in that town somewhere.

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