Let’s ‘kakashi’ – scarecrow!

Mannequin heads as a japanese scarecrows

get a head
Inanimate Objects Imbued with Strange & Uncanny Power…Chucky, come out to play.
Simon Sellars’ travelog

These Japanese scarecrows made with mannequin heads are freaky, don’t you think?
I’m back from the Rice Ranch with heatstroke, zillion insect bites and nightmarish memories of Japanese scarecrows. In addition, the rice paddies have carbide canons firing blank shots randomly all night. Farmers put these scare-guns called odoshi-zutsu (威し銃)in their rice paddies to frighten away the sparrows and crows as harvest time nears.

Of course these recycled hairstyling mannequin heads were not always used for scarecrows. Traditionally the face of kakashi—scarecrows had the hiragana characters, “Henohenomoheji (へのへのもへじ) or hehenonomoheji (へへののもへじ) drawn on their faces.

closeup of head
As you can see below, the outline of the face is drawn with the character “ji.” Then first two “he” characters make up the eyebrows, the “no” characters are the eyes, the nose is “mo”, and mouth is another “he” character.
kakashi - scarecrowJapanese kakashi scarecrow closeup photo

For an interesting photo essay on Japanese scarecrows, check out: modern scarecrow.
And, check out the city cousin of these scarecrows, Wig-kun” at PinkTentacle.com.

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20 thoughts on “Let’s ‘kakashi’ – scarecrow!”

  1. Everyday is Halloween in Tokyo…
    Bewigged mannequin head of an urban scarecrow haunts the main geek-street of Akihabara!


  2. derpus maximus wrote:
    ….hell of an amazing “barcode ojisan!

    In case you were wondering what the hell a “barcode ojisan” (barcode-ojisan) is—It’s a delightfully descriptive Japanese word for an ojisan—middle-aged man sporting an aggressive comb-over that looks like a barcode.
    barcode ojisan japanese comb-over combover

  3. Back at my home island of Shikoku, there are more “love” dolls than humans in Nagoro Village…

    Creepy or cool? Village of life-sized dolls in Nagoro, Japan
    News.com.au / 2013-06-21
    HIDDEN in a remote area of Japan is a village where the number of life-sized dolls outweigh the human population.
    The mysterious Nagoro village in the Iya Valley is little-known and untouched. It’s situated on Shikoku Island, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands.
    Nagoro is home to just 51 people, and over 150 dolls that resemble former residents. Each doll represents a person who has moved away or died.
    The dolls are created by local woman Mizuki Ayona using straw, rags and old clothes, and are lined up around the town. One doll is placed in the abandoned school, after its last student diedmore


    dolls nagoro village shikoku scarecrow
    Nagoro Village has more life-sized dolls than humans.

  4. She gives real good head.
    Typical practice on a mannequin head as a Japanese hair styling college

  5. Biography of an Inflatable Tube Guy
    — history of air puppets, from their invention and 1990s golden era to the laws that banned them in urban locales to their rebirth as scarecrows—
    medium.com — re:form | Oct 20, 2014
    No longer novel, banned across America, and made on the cheap, the outlook for the tube guy might seem grim. But there is still a future for the bravely dancing tube dude, even if it’s no longer meant for human eyes: The tube guy, it turns out, makes a great scarecrow.Wacky_inflatable
    Dealers and manufacturers say that landfills, farms, and warehouses have been buying up tube guys for years to keep birds away, but one company in particular, Look Our Way, has formalized the tube guy’s transition within the workforce. The company has recently started selling Air Rangers — the same tube guy as always, except with shiny mylar “hair” and “fingers,” and a mean-looking scowl instead of the normal dumb grin.


    proton-powered tubeguy

  6. Wouldn’t you just know that China would do this scarecrow business one better…


    Blowup sex doll eases into retirement as a scarecrow
    Metro.co.uk | 2016-Feb-18

    …The naked (and rather stained) blow-up doll is thought to have belonged to a worker at a construction site near the field in Chengdu, capital of China’s south-western Sichuan Province.



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