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Dolls Replace People in This Deserted Town

Welcome to Nagoro, Japan. Human population: 37. Doll population: 350. Ayano Tsukimi lives in this small village on Shikoku, one of Japan's four main islands. When villagers die or move away from Nagoro, Tsukimi makes a life-size doll and places it in a spot that was meaningful to that person. Now the doll-scattered town has started attracting tourists. Journey through Nagoro in this short film by filmmaker Fritz Schumann.

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