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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Rice paddy art (2010)

From: http://pinktentacle.com/

This year’s selection of rice paddy art has begun to crop up in fields across Japan.

Rice  paddy crop art in Japan, 2010 --
Rice paddy art in Inakadate (Aomori prefecture) [photo]

Two historical figures — the legendary warrior-monk Benkei (left) and the warrior Ushiwakamaru, a.k.a. Minamoto no Yoshitsune (right) — have emerged in a pair of fields in the Aomori prefecture town of Inakadate. For nearly 20 years, the town has prided itself as home to Japan’s finest rice crop art, which is created by carefully arranging different colors of rice plants in the field.

Rice  paddy crop art in Japan, 2010 --
Benkei (left) and Ushiwakamaru (right) [photo]

Rice  paddy crop art in Japan, 2010 --
Benkei [photo]

Rice  paddy crop art in Japan, 2010 --
Ushiwakamaru [photo]

Rice  paddy crop art in Japan, 2010 --
Ushiwakamaru in late June [photo]

Rice  paddy crop art in Japan, 2010 --
View of Ushiwakamaru at ground level [photo]

Rice  paddy crop art in Japan, 2010 --
Ushiwakamaru [photo]

Rice  paddy crop art in Japan, 2010 --
Benkei [photo]

Rice  paddy crop art in Japan, 2010 --
View of Benkei at ground level


+ Video of Inakadate rice paddy art (filmed in late June)

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Here are a few more works of rice paddy art from other parts of Japan.

Rice  paddy crop art in Japan, 2010 --
Animals in Asahikawa (Hokkaido) [photo]

Rice  paddy crop art in Japan, 2010 --
Animals in Asahikawa (Hokkaido) [photo]

Rice  paddy crop art in Japan, 2010 --
Samurai Keiji Maeda in Yonezawa (Yamagata prefecture) [photo]

Rice  paddy crop art in Japan, 2010 --
View from top of Keiji Maeda’s head [photo]

Rice  paddy crop art in Japan, 2010 --
Princess Okaiko, a local folklore figure, in the town of Shirataka (Yamagata prefecture) [photo]

Rice  paddy crop art in Japan, 2010 --
Rice paddy art at Denpark in Anjo (Aichi prefecture) [via]

Rice  paddy crop art in Japan, 2010 --
Rice paddy art at Sakakibara onsen (Mie prefecture) [photo]

Rice  paddy crop art in Japan, 2010 --
Ducks near Fukushimagata Lagoon Water Park (Niigata prefecture) [via]

Rice  paddy crop art in Japan, 2010 --
Ground level view of ducks near Fukushimagata Lagoon Water Park (Niigata prefecture) [photo]

Rice  paddy crop art in Japan, 2010 --
Ducks near Fukushimagata Lagoon Water Park (Niigata prefecture) [via]

Rice  paddy crop art in Japan, 2010 --
Buddhist sword dancer and Anpanman in the Mizusawa area (Iwate prefecture) [photo]

Rice  paddy crop art in Japan, 2010 --
Anpanman in the Mizusawa area (Iwate prefecture) [photo]

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