The ‘Valley Of Dolls’ from Japan is the creepiest village in the world, and you’ll be pretty shocked to find out what’s the whole story behind this almost abandoned settlement. Although the village and its story is based on love, the way it looks like could seriously creep out even the most adventurous tourist of them all.
Hidden deep in the valleys of Shikoku Japan, the village of Nagoro became to be known as the ‘Valley Of Dolls‘ after almost everyone in the village moved away or died. Nagoro has less than 50 inhabitants today, and the numbers are getting lower each year.
Ayano Tsukimi, a local artist, left the village over 10 years ago and when she came back, she was shocked to find out that most of her friends have passed away and she was left almost alone in the village.
One day, she decided to make a scarecrow to protect her crops and the doll she managed to make reminded her of her dead father. Shortly after, she decided to start creating more and more dolls that would resemble her neighbors, her old friends and other local people she remembered.
Ayano has now created around 350 dolls which represent the people of Nagoro which are no longer here. Each doll is placed in the environment where Ayano best remembered the person by. Some are placed near lakes, some are placed in classrooms reminding her of her classmates and school years and other are just hanging around the houses where they used to live in.
This is Ayano’s way of bringing Nagoro back to life, how she remembered it before living the village, that was once inhabited by hundreds and hundreds of people.
Fritz Schumann, a German filmmaker, found out about the 64-year-old woman, Ayano, who was recreating all of here childhood friends, neighbors and family, and decided to track her down and make a movie.