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Japanese Ricefield Art

Updated on March 6, 2010
 Preparing the field for the art work
Preparing the field for the art work

A new trend in the Arts in Japan

It’s amazing how a farming community uses different colored rice strains to create an artwork in the rice fields. Farmers creating the live murals do not use ink or dye but carefully chosen rice seedlings. These seedlings are precisely and strategically arranged so that as the plants shoot up, the design begins to emerge.

In the Japanese village of Inakadate in the Aomori prefecture, villagers plant ancient varieties of rice. One of these varieties is the tsugaru-roman which buds with green leaves. In order to design the crop art, the farmers include kodamai rice which grows with purple and yellow leaves and provides the contrast needed to create lines and depth within the work of art. Some farmers incorporate brown and yellow rice into their field art.

The trend of crop art started in 1993 when a farmer from Inakadate gained much publicity because of his crop art. Now the trend is across the farming communities of Japan.

Two days ago, the photos that you see in this page, were sent by a friend. I hope you’ll enjoy this Japanese rice field art.

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    • Teresa Laurente profile image

      Maria Teresa Rodriguez - Laurente 

      8 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

      Amazing. I never saw these pictures before. Thank you for sharing. Indeed, the Japanese do things for the love of art, nature, and history. Thank you for sharing this story.

    • franciaonline profile imageAUTHOR

      franciaonline 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Jill,

      Yes, it's an amazing art form!

      Thanks for dropping by, Jill.

    • jill of alltrades profile image

      jill of alltrades 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Wow! This is fascinating Francia! First time I heard about this. I agree with Peter, this must be a dream for advertising companies. I wonder if we can do the same here in the Philippines?

      Thanks for sharing this Francia.

    • franciaonline profile imageAUTHOR

      franciaonline 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Yes, Peter, the ricefield art is truly amazing!

      Thanks for dropping by.

    • Peter Dickinson profile image

      Peter Dickinson 

      8 years ago from South East Asia

      Truly amazing. Never seen anything like this before. Thank you. An advertising companies dream. Can you imagine looking out of the plane window as you are flying into Manila and see a huge logo below you?

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