Thursday, January 28, 2010

こめ の アート The Art in the Rice Fields

Every now and then I get some good stuff sent to me in my email and often from the most unlikely sources. Well this morning I discovered this curious forward from my dad. It's unusual to receive something of this nature largely due to the fact we do not have the best relations but none the less in a gesture of good will he sent me this forward. I thought this was cool so I thought I would share it with you. What we have here is a series of amazing photos taken in the Inakadate area of Japan featuring art work created by cleaverly planted rice crops using no paints or dyes. The villagers and farmers of Inakadate have worked together using different color rice plants precisely and strategically arranged and grown  to create large works covering some 15,000 square meters of rice paddys. Rice paddy art started there in 1993 as a local revitalization project and have continued ever since. Such works are also done in Yonezawa, Yamagata prefecture. They are quite large in scale and something to behold. Enjoy!

The Great Wave.

Miss Osen and Naoe Kanetsugu from the 2009 NHK Taiga DramaTenchijin


Deer Dancers as seen from the air.

As quoted from the email forward:

The farmers create the murals by planting little purple and yellow-leafed Kodaimai rice along with their local green-leafed Tsugaru, a Roman variety, to create the colored patterns in the time between planting and harvesting in September.


  1. I have seen these in the past also and they are amazing. In the photos they almost don't look real but they are.