Ayano Tsukimi returned to her hometown 11 years ago, but she never found the same place from which she left. Nagoro was now deserted, no sign of locals, so she decided to animate it as she knew best – with dolls.
During these years she has arranged more than 350 life-sized dolls instead of the people – neighbors, fishermen, people at work, students, all the natural actions were restored by Ayano. She called the place Valley of the Dolls.
Nagoro locals, the younger ones, went to the big cities, and the older ones have been forgotten there. The city has only 35 people, the rest of it being occupied by dolls.
When she returned home, the artist wanted to start working in agriculture, but she had no results so, she created a bogey, followed by a puppet, and another one, and so on.
The place ended up being called the Valley of the Dolls and drew the attention of the photographers, and not only.