Thanks to @tokyotopia via twitter this morning, I stumbled on the rice field art phenomenon in Inakadate, Japan. Wow – I am impressed! Rice field art designs have been created in the Inakadate Village since 1993 as part of a local revitalization project.
In 2005, the message about the arable artwork meant around 130,000 visitors journeyed to this rural setting to capture some of their own photographic artwork.
A year later in 2006, the careful planning went hi-tech when village organizers of the paddy artwork used computers to precisely plot the planting of the four differently colored rice varieties. This really brought the images to life. And what amazing images they are. Lovely combination of technology and traditional rice planting techniques to produce art on the rice fields.
Using computers has meant the time it takes to calculate the position of the design on the rice paddies, is greatly shortened and the pictures are planned more efficiently and with greater detail.
Harvesting the crops of rice will start in late September – what a shame – in some ways it reminds me of the sand mandalas that are so carefully created and then ritualistically destroyed. Interesting comparison? This is my favourite one!
Have you got a favourite rice art picture ? After I posted this out on twitter – I realised how popular the rice fields art has become – Pink Tentacle have produced a great timelapse video on youtube – take a look.