Welcome to the Japanese Oku Harima Scarecrow Village as sister scarecrow festivals. This special village is home to 130 scarecrows and more than a dozen villagers. The villagers have been trying to revitalize the regional area to combat the decreasing population so one member had the idea to make Kakashi people to bring the village back to life. Kakashi is the Japanese word for scarecrows. They hope that their scarecrow paradise will attract visitors and enliven the sleepy village.
A bulletin board with a flyer describing the Cambria Scarecrow Festival in Japanese.
These Nippon Travel Agency members visited our Festival in 2022.
Mr. Masato Okaue created the kakashi Sakura for our festival. You will see her displayed at the Festival.
Meet Bonnie, created by Gail Hammerschmidt for our sister village. She is named after volunteer, Bonnie Neuer, who passed away. Bonnie now resides in the Okuharima Scarecrow Village.
Unlike American scarecrows, Japanese scarecrows are made to give a warm feeling. Also these creations stay up year round.