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Ayano Tsukimi is a 67-year-old woman who lives in a small village called Nagoro on a southern Japanese island, and she likes to make dolls.
Tsukimi has spent the past 14 years making life-size dolls in memory of all the people who die in her village - which is almost two hours away from a hospital.
In a short documentary videoIn Valley of Dolls by Fritz Schumann she said:
I thought we needed scarecrows so I made one doll looking like my father.
The dolls are reminiscent of those found in Shinto shrines, which are scattered densely all around Japan as a way to honour both the dead and kami, or 'gods.'
The facial expressions are the hardest part… the lips are difficult.
Tsukimi concludes in the video:
Some [people] may feel frightened because they look so real. I don’t think dying is scary.
Some [people] may feel frightened because they look so real.
I don’t think dying is scary.
Watch Schumann's video below:
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