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Some kickass rice paddy skills

February 4, 2010

Check. This. Out. And I used to think crop circles were amazing!

Since 1993 farmers in the village of Inakadate, Japan, have created these extraordinary 15,000 square meter murals by planting purple and yellow-leafed kodaimai rice along with their local green-leafed tsugaru roman variety.

The farmers first sketch out their designs on computers so that they know exactly where the rice needs to be planted, then make it happen with japanese perfection. Planted in May, the creations are at their best in September, and can only be seen from the air (or the local castle).

They started in 1993 and for the first nine years they made the same image of a mountain. But then they started getting recognition with people traveling long distances to see their art, so they became more ambitious. Watch this:

Nice, hey?

And what about this four-paddock sized image of a Sengoku warrior:

And here is how they actually coordinate everything and make it happen:


Design meeting.

Put plan into action.

Four months later, reap the visual awards.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 9, 2010 8:41 am

    Du vet Ante från Piteå? Hans pappa sådde hans mammas namn (Karin) med svart vete i ett vitt vetefält en gång. Rart. Men det här var mer impressive.

  2. February 10, 2010 1:51 pm

    I love that. Creative AND romantic. That is more impressive. Karin is a lucky woman.

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