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    I just received an email from my Mom in Oz with these awesome images of Japanese Rice Field Art (go figure). IMHO these are absolutely amazing, but I think would look even better with some bikes in the background It looks like there are small roads in at least a few of the rice paddys where some bike could be parked

    Have any of you guys seen these live, I don't remember ever coming across this kind of thing during my travels in Japan, I've seen plenty of yellow and white lines but not this.



    Looks ordinary enough...... but watch as the rice grows!!!!!!















    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.





    A Sengoku warrior on horseback has been created from hundreds of thousands of rice plants. The colors are created by using different varieties of rice plants, whose leaves grow in certain colors. This photo was taken in Inakadate, Japan.



    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. The murals in Inakadate cover 15,000 square meters of paddy fields.





    Closer to the image, the careful placement of the thousands of rice plants in the paddy fields can be seen. Rice-paddy art was started there in 1993 as a local revitalization 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, organizers used computers to precisely plot the planting of four differently colored rice varieties that bring the images to life!

    TRULY A WORK OF ART!
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    Pretty cool! We should try to find a few of these in late summer.

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    Absolutely - I'd drive for a day or two to see those.
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    Absolutely, according to Google this is in Aomori, so on slab that's a day's ride away :)
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    Very cool. Really like the close ups.

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    Awesome. Definitely want to see for real this year.
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    Sounds like a plan...
    .James you will see alot in this country if you slow down and stop doing ironbutts .. i no its hard but try... i always slow down in Shibuya and there are some great views...

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    Nice one. Love it. Artistic work and must have taken a lot of effort to complete the task accurately.

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    Amazing!!! I want to go see that... If I'm there when you guys plan the ride to go see it, I'm down!!!

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    that kicks ass...

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    I certainly enjoyed your rice art pictures. My son just returned from Japan. I e-mailed the link so he could see your pictures, but he said it was too early in the season for such art.

    Thanks you for sharing those pictures.
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    Aren't we going to tour to some of these places? Aren't they in season in early fall/late summer?

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    Just wondering if anyone can help with the research (am lacking the JP skills) to find if this is still being done and where in Aomori these fields might be found.
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    Default Rice fields of japan - truly a work of art!

    The village of Inakadate, apparently. Looks like they're still doing it.

    Here is this year's art.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Cash View Post
    The village of Inakadate, apparently. Looks like they're still doing it.

    Here is this year's art.
    Anwesome!

    NTT East Aomori Branch have a live view camera showing this :)

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    More info, along with the awesome fact that the local farmers rejected a plan to have some of the "art" be giant logos of corporate sponsors:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanbo_art

    And this page (from the site Mike already found) has viewing times and a map of the actual field locations and viewing spots:

    http://www.vill.inakadate.lg.jp/docs/2013050200014/
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    Default Rice fields of japan - truly a work of art!

    If they have Marilyn this year, James Dean must be on the docket for next year. I will never understand Japan's undying fascination with those two....or The Ventures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Cash View Post
    If they have Marilyn this year, James Dean must be on the docket for next year. I will never understand Japan's undying fascination with those two....or The Ventures.
    Thanks for the info Mike and others, I can't wait to get up there, what better excuse for a ride
    So the available time-slots are mid June to mid Oct, hum maybe the 7/27 - 7/28 weekend might be the perfect time

    Head out at a respectably early time on Sat morning so as to get there in plenty of time to view everything, overnight somewhere near by and spend Sun riding the great roads around Lake Towada - I'm Lovin It.

    観覧期間について
    平成25年度観覧期間は以下の通りです。
    田舎館村展望台(第1田んぼアート)は、6月3日(月)~10月14日(月・祝)
    弥生の里展望所(第2田んぼアート)は、6月15日(土)~10月14日(月・祝)

    但し、9月29日(日)は稲刈り体験ツアーのため、田舎館村展望台には入館できません。

    開館時間について
    午前9:00~午後5:00まで(最終入館 午後4:30まで)。
    田んぼアート期間中は土、日、祝日も開館しています。
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Cash View Post
    If they have Marilyn this year, James Dean must be on the docket for next year. I will never understand Japan's undying fascination with those two....or The Ventures.
    I couldn't comment on James Dean, not my thing, but Marilyn, well she was a super hot, curvy blond, can you blame them for being hung up on that kind of image?
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    Default Rice fields of japan - truly a work of art!

    But they're hung up on it in a pop culture ephemera kind of way, not a "Man! I'd like to nail that!" way.

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