Rice Paddy Art Generate Thousands of Visitors to Little Japanese Village

The villagers of Inakadate in Aomoroi Prefecture, Japan has created yet another stunner with their amazing rice paddy art, catering to the world’s obsession of the Star Wars saga. The process starts with planning out the layout and design using a computer and then a group of volunteers sets out to plant the rice stakes every June. The rice seedlings themselves have been genetically modified to exhibit an array of colors in addition to the green-leafed variety to produce the increasingly detailed images. A tall platform enables visitors to view the large scale artwork through mid-August when the image starts to fade away from the blooming of the rice seeds while harvesting officially takes place in October. The village has been honing their art for the last 23 years so although other prefectures have tried, Inakdate’s rice paddy art has often been imitated but never quite duplicated.

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