Each 15,000 square metered rice paddy art usually celebrates Japanese local heritage and folklore
Japanese farmers in the village of Inakadate have been practicing a unique way to boost tourism in their town through large-scale rice paddy art.
As part of revitalizing this tradition, now the framers use seven different kinds of rice as their color palette.
Every year, over a thousand local volunteers come together to help with the planting process, which is why, the designs evolved in complexity, and now draw in hundreds of thousands of tourists.
The three-month long process usually kicks start with a conference in every April to decide the design for the next year. Following the selection of the theme, the village officials make basic digital mockups, which are then refined by local artists into intricate concept drawings.
Later, markers are placed which mapped out each drawing before the planting begins.
Each 15,000 square metered rice paddy art usually celebrates Japanese local heritage and folklore. For Instance, this year’s designs depict the legend of Yamata no Orochi (the eight-forked serpent) facing off against the Shinto god of sea and storms, Susanno.