What a fascinating project. Sort of creepy, yes. Yet also (somehow) sweet. And sorrowful:
"I don't think dying is scary."
Ayano Tsukimi (64) is living in Nagoro, a village in eastern Iya on Shikoku, one of the four main islands of Japan. Not many people are still living there. For those who die or move away, Ayano Tsukimi is making lifesized dolls in their liking and puts them in places that were important to them. The dolls are scattered around the whole valley.
Mrs. Tsukimi has made over three hundred and fifty dolls in the past ten years. Wow. (I've always been fascinated by how fascinated the Japanese people are with their pasts. It's the emotional force that drives the vast majority of the Japanese films that I've seen, as well.)