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Massive Rice Paddy Art in Japan Takes Three Months to Complete

Made with different colored rice plants.

Every year, thousands of tourists visit the small village of Inakadate in Japan to admire sprawling works of “rice paddy art” or “Tanbo Art” in Japanese. Instead of paint, different colored rice plants are used to create the expansive masterpieces inspired by traditional folklore, mythical creatures, and fairy tales.

It takes approximately three months to bring a design into existence. First, a conference is held to decide on the drawings. Next, village officials create computer mockups. Then, art teachers make intricate drawings based on the designs chosen. Finally, participants take to the fields to place markers and then plant the varying rice types.

Learn more about rice paddy art by watching Great Big Story’s video above and then let us know your thoughts.

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