Walking through Japan you wouldn’t know it at ground level but there are the most amazing pictures being created with rice plants. You would have to climb a high hill or a fake castle of which there actually are some there, to see it. They don’t use dye but instead have been experimenting with 4 kinds of colored, carefully planted crops to create amazing murals.
You may have never heard of these before but agricultural artistry started back in 1993 at Inakadate about 600 miles north of Tokyo.
This tiny village of 8,700 people has become so popular in fact that word has spread and it now attracts more than 150 thousand visitors a year to view its amazing cop murals.
This year they are showcasing fictional 16th-century samurai warrior Naoe Kanetsugu and his wife, Osen, who are popular character sin on the TV show Tenchijin.
This year it is featuring pictures of Napoleon and a Sengoku-period warrior, both on horseback near the town hall.
Every year it takes hundreds of volunteers and villagers to plant the patterns for the murals across the huge paddy fields.
The fame of the paddy murals has grown so much that other villages have started growing their own like the town of Yonezawa in the Yamagata prefecture. Various other designs of that have surfaced over the years like pictures of deer dancers.
The 4 kinds of rice plants used include little purple and yellow-leafed kodaimai rice along with their local green-leafed tsugaru roman variety.
The Rice-paddy art was started back in 1993 as a local revitalization project, an idea that grew out of meetings of the village committee. They started out with simple designs of Mount Iwaki every year.
Eventually they grew more complex. In 2005 Landowners living beside each other decided to make an agreement to join their lands together to create giant designs using both of their fields.
The following year the organizers of the paddy field art decided to use computers to precisely plot the designs.