Rice Field Art

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Rice Field Art 田んぼアート  tanbo aato

Plan for 2012 in Inakadate village, Aomori


Jibo Kannon and Fudo Myo-O 悲母観音と不動明王

The village uses 7 different types of rice, including 2 new ones, to produce the colors and patterns.

They have a special building with a high tower where you can enjoy the view from above.

source : www.vill.inakadate.lg.jp

I saw it on TV in June 2012, it looks quite impressive already.

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Rice field art has become quite popular in Japan. This is the 20th year in Inakadate village.

There has been Daikoku, Mona Lisa, Mickey Mouse, even the great wave of Hokusai in 2007!

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Tanbo art (田んぼアート, tanbo āto, also tambo āto) is a Japanese project in which people use rice of various types and colors to create a giant picture in rice fields.

In 1993, the people of Inakadate, Aomori were looking for a way to revitalize their village. Archaeological exploration led to a realization that rice had been grown in the area for more than 2000 years. To honor this history, the villagers started a rice field behind the town hall. With the paddy as a canvas, the villagers cultivated and used four different types of heirloom and modern strains of rice to create a giant picture in the field. To allow viewing of the whole picture, a mock castle tower 22 meters high was erected at the village office. In 2006, more than 200,000 people visited the village to see the art.

For the first nine years, the farmers created a simple picture of Mount Iwaki before going to more complex designs.

Following Inakadate's example, other villages such as Yonezawa in Yamagata prefecture, have started to create their own tanbo art.

Every April, the villagers meet and decide what to plant for the year. Prior to planting, farmers sketch out the designs on computers to figure out where and how to plant the rice. In 2007, 700 people helped plant rice.In Inakadate, the fields used are approximately 15,000 square meters. Agreements between landowners have allowed for larger pictures to be created.
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The silhuette of Matsuo Basho and a haiku !



Miyagi perfecture, Naruko Hot Spring, 2011
source : tanbo/tohoku/naruko-sp

nomi shirami uma no bari suru makuramoto

fleas and lice
and a horse pissing
next to my pillow

. Matsuo Basho 松尾芭蕉 .

source : www.iwanichi.co.jp
from a local newspaper in July 2013 - 緑のキャンバスに俳聖くっきり 平泉
Basho and Sora as "field art" 田んぼアート , rice art 「ライス・アート」

. Oku no Hosomichi - Hiraizumi .


. WKD : Fields, rice fields, rice paddies (ta) .  

. Hokusai, the Great Wave and the Tsunami in 2011.



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