Just as crop circles have appeared in the US and the UK, amazing larger than life rice paddy artworks are popping up in Japan. Every year hundreds of farmers gather in rice fields to create massive images using the paddies as a canvas. Following the Tanbo Art tradition, the images are dye-free and use different types of rice plants to create classic Japanese characters and historical figures.
Tanbo Art is made by using various types and colors of rice to create giant pictures in the rice fields. It started back in 1993 as a way to revitalize the rice village of Inakadate, in the area of Aomori. For the first nine years, the farmers created a simple picture of Mount Iwaki but the art has now evolved into more complex designs featuring popular characters that appeal to both kids and adults.
Every April, the villagers meet and decide what to plant for the year. They first sketch out the designs on computers and then sow seeds of the varying rice plants. This year, the huge images have crossed the island’s limits and feature a host of awesome designs, including the famous “Ushiwaka and his subordinate Benkei” and Mazinger Z.
Via Fast Co. Create