Your Corn Mazes Have Nothing on Rice Paddy Art

We love us a good collection of geeky corn mazes, there is no doubt about that, but sometimes, we like going beyond the norm.

Enter the pimped up rice paddies of the town of Inakadate in the Aomori prefecture of Japan. If there’s one thing we love about Japan, it’s their sushi with the delectable rice wrapped around some fresh tuna. Well, okay, that’s not the only thing.

With this rice paddy art, we have even more reason to love Japan.

Just like corn mazes, the rice paddy art is all about designing the crop to look like something else than a field of plain green.

The citizens of Inakadate do this by mixing up their usual green rice with a variety of purple and yellow-leafed kodaimai rice, which means ancient rice. It also comes in black. Today, it is considered artisanal rice due to the fact that its production was stopped after the war.

The artistry is beyond words.

Recognize this?

It’s from Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji and one of the most popular in the series of woodblocks.

Here’s the rice paddy art version.

Here’s more that makes you wonder how in the world the farmers were able to sow rice seeds in such a precise manner.

As can be expected, rice paddy art became quite popular that farmers from other areas have taken it upon themselves to show what they can do.

This one’s from Yonezawa, Yamagata prefecture.

You know what would even be more awesome? Rice paddy art featuring Voltron, Voltes V, and Kenshin, just to name a few.

So what do you think, corn mazes or rice paddy art?

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