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.

1993-2001 – The view of Mount Iwaki

2002 – The Mount Iwaki with rice

(via Distractify)

2003 – Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci

(via Tofugu)

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

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

2006 – Fujin and Raijin, by Tawaraya Sōtatsu

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

2008 – Ebisu and Daikoku

2009 – Naoe Kanetsugu, a commander and Napoleon

(via Wikimedia Commons)

2010 – A samurai battling a warrior monk

(via Shin K)

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

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)

(via Manisha Kundu-Nagata)

2013 – A Geisha, Marilyn Monroe and Ultraman

(via Ponkanchan)

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

(via Caixin Online and Inakadate)


All photos are from Nobi, except when noted otherwise.