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Erika Owen
September 04, 2015

Through the end of November, you can see a number of massive straw sculptures nestled in a field in the country's Niigata Prefecture—dinosaurs, a giant crab, even a stately praying mantis. Amy Goda, a local artist, has been turning leftover straw from the region's annual rice harvest into works of art since 2013. Since then, the Internet has caught wind of her work, turning the event into a months-long exhibit open to the public.

Others have since joined in on the fun, stacking piles of straw onto wooden frames to create larger-than-life (or actual size, in some dinosaurs' cases), animals. Here are a few sights to expect, if you're planning to check it out. (For more information on the exhibit, check out the Niigata Prefecture website.)

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Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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