The creativity of agriculturalists, the world over, never ceases to amaze me.
Enjoy these photographs inspired by the simple & necessary agrarian act of growing rice.
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.
Rice-paddy art was started there in 1993 as a local
revitalisation 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, organisers used
computers to precisely plot planting of the four differently
coloured rice varieties that bring the images to life.
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 artwork 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.
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.
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 can be seen. The murals in Inakadate cover 15,000 square
meters of paddy fields.