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    Japanese farmers with their mannequin scarecrows


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    1-2: This is Mr. Seiichi Hisada. 75 yrs old. An absolutely adorable old farmer! His family has been growing rice on their substantial land holdings for generations.


    He says that he started using these heads about 10 yrs ago. He told me that one of his young relatives was studying to be a hair stylist, and that she would dispose of the heads when she was finished cutting the hair. He asked if he could have the heads when she was finished with them and she agreed. He said that he has about 8 of them. He was surprised when I told him that they could be had easily and cheaply on the internet. He believed that they were more effective at protecting his crops than NOT using them. He and his family have tried various different methods over the years but (short of air cannons) these seem to be effective.


    3: Mr. Takenori Morimoto. 65 yrs old. 15th generation farmer of the same land (since between 1650-1700.) Major land owner (rice paddies, fruits, vegetables.) He started using the mannequin heads 5-6 yrs ago. One of the part-time workers of his farm was studying to be a hair dresser. She brought one of the heads to work, to show Mr Morimoto’s daughter (one of three daughters) and when she talked to the dad, he asked what she did after she cut the hair. She replied that the head was then useless and she would throw them away. He asked her if she could give him the heads when she was through with them. She agreed and he now has about 15 heads that he uses. I told him about them being available on the internet and he was VERY interested! He believes that they do, in fact, work.


    Note: I talked to a LOT of farmers, this weekend, searching for the owners of the fields that use the mannequin heads, and EVERY one of them told me that the population of sparrows has declined GREATLY over the past 10 years ago…… (My guess is that when they are wintering in China, they are being decimated by the pollution there…..)

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