Sunday, February 21, 2010

Growing Art ~ in the Rice Fields

In 1993, the villagers of Inkadate, Japan, in a beautification effort, planted an artistic design in a rice field. The subsequent publicity led to more designs being planted in the surrounding rice fields. And now this temporary artistic work can be seen in various places around Japan.

Different varieties of rice are planted, by hand, to achieve the designs. The finished work is not completely visible until the young shoots have begun to grow. And even then, the complete design can only really be viewed by climbing the village's watchtower or by aircraft.

Many of the rice varieties are ancient strains that range in color from red to yellow to brown.

To read more about this incredible art form, CLICK HERE .


JoyceAnn said...

Wow ~ That's neat! Thanks for sharing.

~ Many Blessings ~

Dede said...

This is so neat! Talk about having to really plan your garden. LOL Thanks for sharing.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Amazing! I just love it!

Caroline said...

Very cool!

Brenda LaBell said...

That's really cool!!


Bridgett said...

I just can't even imagine the time and effort which must have gone into these. Amazing.