Add this woman to the list of odd characters from Japan. Ayano Tsukimi is a 64-year-old woman who lives in Nagoro, a village in Eastern Iya on Shikoku. For the past 10 years, she has been making dolls of deceased people and placing them in their favorite places around time. The dolls are life-sized (or close to it) and are usually made in the likeness of the deceased.
Though her art is meant to be a tribute to the dead (and those who have moved away from the island), she admits that her hard work only really lasts about 3 years in the wild before succumbing to the elements.