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Straw Godzilla Towers Over Japanese Countryside

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Straw Godzilla Towers Over Japanese Countryside

A giant straw Godzilla has been spotted in the Japanese countryside, reports Kotaku.

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The seven meter tall (23 ft) sculpture was constructed out of straw and bamboo by the citizens of the town of Chikuzen (population 30,000) as part of its annual Dōntokagashi harvest festival, and features at 10 meter (33 ft) tail and LED lights that glow menacingly at night.

A team of 20 people spent four months building the creature, and 150 volunteers contributed by weaving straw that was left over after the annual rice harvest.

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With its rippled skin and massive dorsal fins, the statue is a faithful reproduction of the most recent incarnation of the King of Monsters, as seen in this year’s “Shin Godzilla,” and even though it is a massive structure, it is dwarfed by the real thing, as the current version of Godzilla rises to a staggering height of 150 meters (492 feet).

The original 1954 Godzilla, while no slouch, is miniscule compared to its rebooted counterpart, standing a mere 50 meters (or 164 feet). To give you a sense of scale, the Chrysler Building in New York City is 319  meters (1,050 ft) tall, while the Empire State building stands at 443 meters (1,450 ft).

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If you want to take in this autumnal marvel, you’ve got a ways to go. Chikuzen is nearly 700 miles northwest of Tokyo.

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