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Behold These Incredible Artworks Grown from a Rice Field in Japan

It's like a reverse crop circle. The people of Inakadate, a village in Japan with only 8,000 inhabitants, found an artistic way to lure tourists: in 1993, they planted a rice field behind the town hall. Over the years, they've used different types of heirloom rice to grow art in the paddy.

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1993-2001 – The view of Mount Iwaki

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2002 – The Mount Iwaki with rice

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2003 – Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci

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2004 – two works of Shikō Munakata, a well-known Japanese woodblock printmaker

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2005 – Otani Oniji, by Sharaku and Anthology of Poems: The Love Section, by Utamaro

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2006 – Fujin and Raijin, by Tawaraya Sōtatsu

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2007 – The Great Wave off Kanagawa, and South Wind, Clear Sky, from Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, by Hokusai

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2008 – Ebisu and Daikoku

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2009 – Naoe Kanetsugu, a commander and Napoleon

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2010 – A samurai battling a warrior monk

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2011 – Left: Kaguya Hime, the Moon Princess, returning to her people at the end of "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter", Right: the Bamboo Cutter and his wife at the glowing section of bamboo, where the princess arrived to the Earth as a baby

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2012 – Goddess of mercy Hibo Kannon with a baby and the angry God of fire and wisdom Fudo Myoo on the big field. On the smaller one there are the Seven Lucky Gods on their ship named Takarabune (Treasure Ship), a head of a dragon and Mazinger Z (also known as Tranzor Z)

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2013 – A Geisha, Marilyn Monroe and Ultraman

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2014 – A legend about the Heavenly Maiden and the Mount Fuji, on the big field, and

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All photos are from Nobi, except when noted otherwise.

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DISCUSSION

I can see it coming. It's just a matter of time.Coming soon to Google Earth: "Dream of the Fisherman's Wife" , done in rice paddy.

Whatever would Marshall McLuhan say? Is the medium still the message if you can wrap it in seaweed and make it into nama tako?