Rice Fields crop artwork in Japan

    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 colours of rice plants have been precisely and strategically arranged and grown in the paddy fields.

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

    How do you step back and make those final touches?

    (pictures follow in the next 2 posts)


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    A Sengoku warrior on horseback has been created from hundreds of thousands of rice plants, the colours created by using different varieties, in Inakadate in Japan. The largest and finest work is grown in the Aomori village of Inakadate, 600 miles north of Toyko, where the tradition began in 1993.

    The village has now earned a reputation for its agricultural artistry and this year.

    The enormous pictures of Napoleon and a Sengoku-period warrior, both on horseback, are visible in a pair of fields adjacent to the town hall. More than 150,000 vistors come to Inakadate, where just 8,700 people live, every summer to see the extraordinary murals.

    Each year hundreds of volunteers and villagers plant four different varieties of rice in late May across huge swathes of paddy fields.

    Napolean on horseback can be seen from the skies, created by precision planting and months of planning between villagers and farmers in Inkadate.

    Fictional warrior Naoe Kanetsugu and his wife Osen appear in fields in the town of Yonezawa, Japan
    And over the past few years, other villages have joined in with the plant designs.

    Another famous rice paddy art venue is in the town of Yonezawa in the Yamagata prefecture. This year's design shows the fictional 16th-century samurai warrior Naoe Kanetsugu and his wife, Osen, whose lives feature in television series Tenchijin.

    Various artwork has popped up in other rice-farming areas of Japan this year, 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 roman variety to create the coloured patterns between planting and harvesting in September.

    The murals in Inakadate cover 15,000 square metres 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.

    Rice-paddy art was started there in 1993 as a local revitalisation project, an idea that grew out of meetings of the village committee.[/SIZE]

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

    The different varieties of rice plant 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, organisers used computers to precisely plot planting of the four differently coloured rice varieties that bring the images to life.[/SIZE]


    They are amazing.

    Not bad haha


    gps plotting is how a lot of farming is done these days:)

    thats pretty them to be so precise

    making our crop circles look like amateurs

    I was fortunate to receive some advice from a rice farmer once,

    he told me-

    man who stands on toilet is on pot:thumbsup:

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    as i understand (walked through ricefields in Bali a few years ago, had it explained how rice planting works) ... techniques have not changed much in the last 3000-4000 years. rice planting is done in rows possibly makes it easier to 'plot by pixels'.

    still it is a backbreaking job and planting is by hand (averaging 1 seedling per second if you're fast).

    the rice plant requires a lot of care (irrigation, canals etc), from the plowing with buffalos ...

    ... to moving/re-planting the seedlings (from nursery plots in the same fields). Paul Theroux the travel writer said it was like needlepoint. Planters are usually barefoot because t's easier to move around in the ankle/knee high mud and boots get mucky when dried.

    to collecting the crop (also by hand) ... and breaking the husk shell of the rice grain in wooden contraptions, separating the chaff from stalk by wind, to polishing the rice etc. it's quite communal and one can understand why poems have been written about it or refer to it.

    my friend said if one imagines how many grains per plant with one stalk each, and how many plants will have to be collected to make a full bowl/plate of rice etc ... it is a humbling thought.

    Did anyone see the BBC3 series Blood, sweat & Takeaways??

    They had them doing Rice looked a killer of a job

    Kippy that is remarkable and your posts very informative, something I've never heard of before.
    Thanks very much for posting, appreciated.

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    ooh hello hotto, didn't think you'd be here lol re: raisins ... *wink

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    Did anyone see the BBC3 series Blood, sweat & Takeaways??They had them … Did anyone see the BBC3 series Blood, sweat & Takeaways??They had them doing Rice looked a killer of a job

    think i saw the one where two guys went boating for fish? and the girls work in a fish factory. i recognise the people in this photo.
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