Ayano Tsumiki Creates Dolls in the Memory of the Deceased

By: Michael Baxter - Apr 28, 2014
References: dangerousminds.net & theawesomer
Ayano Tsumiki has an extremely unique pastime. She creates life-sized dolls to commemorate the dead and those who have moved away from her small village in Japan. Nagaro Japan has become a village so filled with these dolls that it can be argued there are more of them than there are actual people.

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that's the case, then having a life-sized doll the same size as you placed in a spot you once loved must be incredibly flattering. Ayano Tsumiki creates these dolls and places them in strategic places that held significance to the person, making it like they never left.

Ayano may have a strange pastime but maintaining the memory of those that have passed is both noble and heartwarming.