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March 11, 2012


I am awed by the creative mind of humankind all over the world....


Stunning crop art has sprung up across rice fields in Japan , but this is no alien creation. The designs have been cleverly planted.

Farmers creating the huge displays use no ink or dye.

Instead, different color rice plants have been precisely and strategically arranged and grown in the paddy fields.

As summer progresses and the plants shoot up, the detailed artwork begins to emerge.

A Sengoku warrior on horseback has been created from hundreds of thousands of rice plants.
The colors are created by using different varieties. This photo was taken in Inakadate , Japan .

Napoleon on horseback can be seen from the skies. This was created by precision planting
and months of planning by villagers and farmers located in Inkadate , Japan.        

Fictional warrior Naoe Kanetsugu and his wife, Osen, whose lives are featured on the television
series Tenchijin,
appear in fields in the town of Yonezawa in the Yamagata prefecture of Japan .

This year, various art work has popped up in other rice-farming areas of Japan ,
including designs of deer dancers.

Smaller works of crop art can be seen in other rice-farming areas of Japan such as this
image of Doraemon and deer dancers

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.

The murals in Inakadate cover 15,000 square meters of paddy fields.

From ground level, the designs are invisible, and viewers have to climb the mock castle tower of the village office to get a glimpse of the work.

Closer to the image, the careful placement of the thousands of rice plants in the
paddy fields can be seen.

Rice-paddy art was started there in 1993 as a local revitalization project, an idea that
grew from meetings of the village committees
The different varieties of rice plants grow alongside each other to create the masterpieces.
In the first nine years, the village office workers and local farmers grew a simple design
of Mount Iwaki every year.
But their ideas grew more complicated and attracted more attention

In 2005, agreements between landowners allowed the creation of enormous rice paddy art.
A year later, organizers used computers to precisely plot planting of the four differently
colored rice varieties that bring the images to life.
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