Japanese farmers make scarecrows that scare us too

By Casey Baseel, RocketNews24

I’ll readily admit to not knowing much about agriculture. One thing I think I do have a grasp on, though, is the purpose of scarecrows. I mean, it’s all there in the name, right? They’re supposed to scare crows.

And, in fairness, these scarecrows photographed by Twitter user @jumpup in rural Japan probably are effective in keeping avian pests from pilfering the crops before they’re ready to be harvested. But this being Japan, where craftsmanship is a way of life, whoever made these scarecrows apparently decided to go the extra mile and design them to chill the blood of human passersby too.

magining coming across that while walking down a country road at night under the feeble light of a clouded-over moon. You’d take off running in the opposite direction, and once you worked up the nerve to make another attempt to pass by the farm, all you’d have to do to retrace your steps is follow the babbling brook of urine you’d laid down on the asphalt as you made your escape.

And why are three of the scarecrows just heads? Wouldn’t it be better to give them some sort of body?

But at least in the case of the creepy schoolgirl, and also the head with the surprisingly nice eyebrows, you can give the creator the benefit of the doubt. Odds are he was working with limited materials and simply wanted something that, to a crow, looks more or less like a human.

It’s a little harder to understand the rationale of the farmer who decided to make his scarecrow look like a decomposing corpse, with a detailed bone structure that gives the sparse straw covering the appearance of rotting flesh.

Source: Hamusoku

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the picture in the middle (head and legs) is a "nightcrawler"

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Is that Sadako-san from the movie ? (My mother-in-law's name, by the way.)

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Police should check the field of the farmer, whose scarecrow appears in the third picture. They may be able to solve a missing person case / murder.

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@Alistair - I'm going to lose sleep over that pic tonight ! Eeriest scarecrow I've ever set eyes on for sure !

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Those are creepy.

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Those heads are discarded by beautician schools after use. Nice to see they've been repurposed for their afterlife.

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Wow! Don't even know what to say. Skeleton looks scary. This kinda reminds me of that movie "Jeepers Creepers"

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I think these are not scarecrows but "scarepeople" - you know, keep outa my block.

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Very dark, dry even heinous sense of humour, you don't think that the 'head on a stick' is a caution/deterrent to thieves and poachers?

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How odd. There are no scary men. Only schoolgirls and young women. There's probably a possible PhD in that somewhere.

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That skeleton is pretty crazy, looks as if it could be real

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Love the mud skeleton. Gorgeous sculpture. Nothing here that wouldn't fit into an art gallery in some of the world’s major cities.

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Oh Japan, you never cease to entertain.

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Time to look into those missing schoolgirls....

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Yes, I understand many people get a creepy feeling from these scarecrows but to me, they look somewhat cartoony. Incidentally, I used to see more conventional scarecrows made with bamboos and straws when I was a little kid.

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Any stolen school uniforms been reported in the area.........

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I have seen quite a few eye catching scarecrows here in Yamaguchi too

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I've seen them use dolls heads as well get common.

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I still remember a field in Nara (outskirts) who had doll heads. I was totally unprepared for the sight and I remember I slammed the breaks on my car hard enough to leave tracks. Nearly lost control of the vehicle. Not good for my heart. Everytime I remember it brings me chills.

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