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Hay! Godzilla! Aren’t you a little far from home out here in the field?

There are plenty of ways to show your love for Godzilla. You can watch the new Shin Godzilla movie or any of the old classic monster films, you can pour out a drink in honor of your favorite metaphor for the nuclear bomb…

…or you can gather over one hundred of your friends and build a seven-meter-tall (23 foot) straw statue over the course of four months.

▼ Godzilla always has time to stop and smell the flowers.

This monster of a straw sculpture stands tall in Chikuzen, Fukuoka. In order to finish it for fall, a massive amount of volunteers used the straw from rice fields in order to fashion this giant homage. With its height, the statue is already a fearsome image on the horizon, but the tail is an additional 10 meters (32.8 feet) long and at night the eyes, fins, chest and tail are lit up with LEDs.

▼ Check out this tower of power, nearly as tall as the electrical transmission towers behind it.

▼ Closeups of some of Godzilla’s ex-straw-dinary appendages.

▼ Remember, Godzilla doesn’t need the emotional comfort from physical contact, do not touch!

Every year for the Kagashi Matsuri (Scarecrow Festival) in Chikuzen, a gigantic straw statue is one of the main highlights. With the success of Shin Godzilla in Japan, it only makes sense to build this year’s terrific structure as a tribute to the famous kaiju. 

Hay is for horses, but clearly also for badass Godzilla statues. When it’s time for them to remove the sculpture, hopefully they set it ablaze in a glorious tribute to Burning Godzilla.

Source: J-Cast News
Top image: YouTube/筑前町地域おこし協力隊橋本優