Okay, the only real connection from these “rice art fields” to sustainability, clean energy, green tech etc. I can think of is that no ink or dye is used in the process. That said, I find the idea and the resulting art work too cool not to post. It also shows a connection with nature a la Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods.
In the village of Inakadate in Aomori prefecture at the very north end of Honshu, Japan’s main island, something weird is growing in the rice fields. Or so it seems from the air. Every year, the towns people get together to painstakingly arrange and plant different colored rice seedlings in the spring. Then, as the summer progresses and the rice shoots start to grow, the patterns that were planted begin to emerge. What results is some truly stunning artwork. When seen from above, images include warriors, Napoleon, and manga characters such as Doraemon.
- Justin Manger