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Fukuoka town erects 7-meter gorilla scarecrow as symbol of strength against COVID-19

By SoraNews24

We are soon approaching a full year since the re-emergence of the legendary yokai Amabie, whom you might recall famously said: “If an epidemic spreads, draw a picture of me and show it to everyone.”

So we did. Thousands upon thousands of pictures flooded the Internet and then came the Amabie donuts, Amabie Hello Kitties, Amabie personal seals, and conspiracy theories that Amabie is actually former prime minister Shinzo Abe.

And where has all that gotten us?

COVID-19 cases are running more rampant that ever and a state of emergency has been once again declared in seven of Japan’s most populous prefectures.

So it’s high time we hand Amabie its walking papers and move onto to some other idol to worship. And who better to revere than a 7-meter gorilla?

Called “Giant Straw Scarecrow Gorilla: Proud Gorilla 2020,” this massive yet detailed primate was erected by residents of Chikuzen, Fukuoka Prefecture. It took two months to construct, and was completed in early December of 2020.

The ape’s lifelike hair was made from rice straw layered on top of a steel frame. The likeness of a gorilla was chosen as a symbol of power and strength in the face of the prolonged coronavirus pandemic.

▼ This video also shows some photos of the construction.

This is actually the sixth in the town’s annual giant scarecrow series, but it’s plain to see that they really outdid themselves this time around.

▼ Did we mention the eyes glow red in the evening? Because they do.

Giant Straw Scarecrow Gorilla: Proud Gorilla 2020 / 巨大わらかがしゴリラProud GORILLA 2020

Yasunosato Park / 安の里公園

Fukuoka-ken, Asakura-gun, Chikuzen-machi, Shinokuma 673


Will remain until the end of January

Eyes light up from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Source: Kyodo

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© SoraNews24

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I agree it looks good.

However, while most advanced countries spent time and effort trying to develop a vaccine for this virus the Japanese make a giant straw gorilla.

Sounds about right.

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Aesthetically speaking I think this is quite awesome.

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I could slay that thing with one match

11 ( +11 / -0 )

im sure covid19 is shaking in its boots!?

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Not like people will gather to get photos taken with it and upload to sns. Sure social distancing will be followed properly

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Yes a bit of lightheartedness, why not. I'm tired hearing just one side of covid, there's a lot of lighthearted news out there. We don't have to be doom and gloom day in and day out, it's just not in our nature.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Viral marketing for the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong movie.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Most excellent! Truly bodacious work!

3 ( +3 / -0 )

I expect to see this costume on the shelves of Don Quixote in a couple weeks.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

To deal with this deadly pest Japan will need more than a wimpy chimp. Better call Godzilla!

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3 ( +10 / -7 )

They should put one of those next to hachiko

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Better than joyless.

2 ( +10 / -8 )

Cool - that's a fine piece of artwork.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Arts and culture are important when times are difficult but still I would rather buy more PCR tests than build a straw gorilla.

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It's nice to see something new and big groups of people can come see it and spend money (^O^)//

I'm sire it will help.........................Make money anyways

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What they need to show case, should be a symbol of strong immune system.. showcase something where-in corona enters and is slayed..

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Pretty cool but should have put a mask on it

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Adding a bit of lightness to a dire situation does no harm and actually may give hope to many. I thank the people of Fukuoka-ken and cheer for the gorilla's success.

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Just took drive down to Chikuzen from my area in Saga. I was pretty impressed with it. It was not meant to last but it seems to be holding together well. How its bringing in awareness for the COVID not really sure for westerners.

Calling it useless is a bit unfair. I commend the town for trying to raise awareness. maybe amongst the Japanese its is doing so.

@us_reamer ya you know.....

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That will impress the virus!

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

All it needs is a “Go 2020 Olympics” banner.

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Lol you this gorilla monster going to fake you into thinking your safe from CCP virus?? Think again

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So in the middle of a pandemic, people from the town came together to erect an unnecessary giant straw gorilla to show their strength against Covid-19.

Sounds like something out of the middle ages.

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