japanese rice paddy art japanese rice paddy art
jul 23, 2010

japanese rice paddy art

japanese historical figures warrior monk ‘benkei’ and warrior ‘ushiwakamaru engaging in their famous gozyou battle image via pinktentacle




annually, the rice fields of the aamori perfecture town of inakadate, japan are covered with large scale characters as part of the japanese rice paddy festival. art submissions from all over japan are accepted. then farmers strategically plant different types of rice  grains to achieve different hues, which results in various artistic images on the farmland.

‘benkei‘ detail image via pinktentacle

‘benkei‘ at ground level image via pinktentacle

ushiwakamaru image via asahara777



ushiwakamaru image via boko999

farmers maintaining ‘ushiwakamaru‘ image via ito1959

ushiwakamaru at ground level image via boko999

samurai keiji maeda in yonezawa (yamagata prefecture) image via spaland

samurai keiji maeda at at ground level image via spaland

  • wow very creative, paint or what materials are used for coloring? whether harmful to rice? when in consumption?

    erdiana kartikasari says:
  • Very COOL!!!

    LMJ says:
  • @erdiana – there is no paint involved. it’s natural color of differet types of rice

    lukos says:
  • Stunning work.
    Hey, erdianna – you really should read the content and descriptions on these posts before leaping into the fray with such inane comments. Thanks lukos for setting her/him straight. I’m amazed at how many of these posts are by people who don’t read, they just scroll the photos and load knee-jerk reactions… duh.

    r-thomas says:
  • r-thomas
    Great knee-jerk reaction to a knee-jerk reaction.
    Beautiful Rice…

    Free Form Constructural Realism says:
  • Nice and well executed project.
    There´s something similar in England, but theirs are work of extraterrestrial entities.

    Nanoverso says:
  • Are these rice plants gene-mod or natural selection in relationship to color? I’d love to see this project highlighting the need for preserving non-monoculture plants.
    If this was done in the USA, it might produce a terrifyingly bland 1000 acre image of sameness.
    Art=color+diversity, which mimics life in its most natural state of weirdness. Sameness is not beauty.

    haplessharpie says:
  • well done!

    Casey Chen says:

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