Japanese make big dolls like real to reduce loneliness

A woman made dolls like her relatives and neighbours have died and now the doll is 10 times more than the residents in the village.

The photos were taken by photographer Trevor Mogg, 49 (English) recently when travelling through the village of Nagora, east of Shikoku (Japan).

Nagoro Village currently has 37 elderly people. During his tour, photographer Trevor Mogg saw about 150 dolls, out of at least 350 scattered in the village.

They were everywhere she sees, including the bus stop, in front of the house, on the road, in public areas, fields, parking lots, as if they were engaged in all life activities, Trevor told The Sun.

Những con búp bê ở khắp mọi nơi trong làng. Ảnh: Trevor Mogg.

The dolls were created by 65-year-old Tsukimi Ayano, one of the youngest residents of Nagoro village. In 2000, she left Osaka to take care of her father. Seeing that the place was too dull and lonely, Tsukimi began making dolls in an optimistic effort to help the “crowded” population.

“The village didn’t have a young man, meaning the local school was closed six years ago because there were no children”, the photographer Trevor added.

Một con búp bê cô đơn tựa cột. Ảnh: Trevor Mogg.

The replacement dolls in Nagoro village are miniature models of Japanese society with a serious decline in fertility. Japan’s population has gradually decreased, currently about 127 million. It is estimated that this number will be reduced to less than 100 million in the next 35 years.

Cities in Japan have implemented policies to encourage fertility, as well as to attract young people. Recently, the Japanese Prime Minister issued a policy to open 340,000 workers in the next 5 years to this country, in order to cope with the shortage of manpower. Rethink Tokyo also statistics that in 2013, there were 8.2 million abandoned houses in the whole of Japan and many prefectures were giving free houses to people.