This year’s Japanese rice paddy art features 1950s iconic characters

July 19th, 2018
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Who says farming can’t be artsy?

In Japan’s Aomori Prefecture, the residents have been keeping a yearly tradition of creating rice paddy art or tambo art. For this year’s art, a pair of rice fields were dedicated to two iconic characters from the 1950s.

The first rice field features a scene from the classic film Roman Holiday, where Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck are riding a vespa and sharing a tender moment with each other. The second field pays tribute to acclaimed Japanese manga artist, Osamu Tezuka, as it features Astro Boy striking his signature pose along with other characters created by Tezuka.

今日の第1、第2田んぼアート【7月4日(水)】6月中から曇りや雨が続く日が多く、撮影日もなかなか晴れ間に当たりませんが、第1田んぼアートは本格的に彩りが際立ってきています。

Posted by 田んぼアートの村 いなかだて on Tuesday, July 3, 2018

It takes careful planning create these intricately detailed rice paddy artworks. The organizers even shared on social media how the characters slowly came into shape every week since they’ve been planted. They usually start planting and designing in June. By July, the artworks become visibly green and will continue to change its hues as it approaches harvest time by late September to early October.

今日の第1田んぼアート【6月6日(水)】田植え体験ツアーにて植えきれなかった図柄部分の植え残しは昨日で完了し、本日は背景部分に植えられた「つがるロマン」と「あさゆき」の状況を点検しています。

Posted by 田んぼアートの村 いなかだて on Tuesday, June 5, 2018

今日の第1田んぼアート【6月15日(金)】

Posted by 田んぼアートの村 いなかだて on Thursday, June 14, 2018

今日の第1、第2田んぼアート【6月21日(木)】

Posted by 田んぼアートの村 いなかだて on Wednesday, June 20, 2018

今日の第1、第2田んぼアート【6月28日(木)】

Posted by 田んぼアートの村 いなかだて on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Other popular characters that were featured in the previous years were Godzilla, Star Wars, and even the Hollywood film, Ted.

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