Photo/IllutrationPeople disguised as zombies celebrate the unveiling of the “Walking Dead”-themed sand sculpture at the Sand Museum in Tottori. (Tsubasa Yokoyama)

TOTTORI--Zombies from the hit U.S. TV series “The Walking Dead” have been spotted in the city here.

But there is no need to run for the hills.

A sand sculpture featuring zombies from the show is now on display at the Sand Museum until Jan. 3, 2018.

“I channeled my time, effort and feelings into the work,” said sand sculptor Katsuhiko Chaen, 56, during an unveiling ceremony on Oct. 4. “I hope fans from all over the world come to see it.”

Chaen, who serves as the museum’s executive producer, had been working on the sculpture since September to celebrate the start of the latest season of the horror series, which premiered on Oct. 23 in Japan. The artist used only sand and water to depict a scene where zombies are advancing toward their prey.

Shintaro Sugita, affiliate sales general manager of Tokyo-based Fox Networks Group Japan, which broadcasts the series in Japan, added, “The ominousness of zombies is in tune with the sand sculpture.”

About 40 local residents and others publicly recruited for the occasion dressed up as zombies to celebrate the completion of the sand work.

“Zombies are faithfully re-created,” said homemaker Kaori Yamamoto, 35, a fan of the series, who joined the ceremony dressed as a zombie. “I’m happy that a sand sculpture themed on the series is set up in Tottori.”