June 8th, 2008

operesque

Kakashi: the question-mark in the scarecrow summer

When I was wearing a straw hat recently, Hisae told me I looked like a kakashi, a Japanese scarecrow. So today I've made a strip of pictures showing these folk creations.



The straw figures are used in Japan to scare birds away from crops, obviously, but also to enact political satire or pop culture commentary out in the fields: 3D inaka media, if you like. They appear mostly in September, the harvest season. There's even a horror film (Kakashi, 2001) based on them. They appear in my 2004 song Life of the Fields too:

Life of the Fields (stereo mp3 file, 5.3MB)

PS: Hamburgers, I play live in your city this afternoon!