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The Japanese Village Where Dolls Outnumber People

May 21, 2014 | 570 videos
Video by Fritz Schumann

In Nagoro, Japan, a 64-year-old woman named Ayano Tsukimi makes life-sized dolls to replace people who died or moved away. She grew up watching her village thrive, but now, it's dwindling. "The dolls are like my children," she says. She's made more than 350 of them. Only 37 people still live in Nagoro.

Author: Chris Heller

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