Rice fields of Japan

This was received in an email.  I don’t know where the email was started but this is amazing!

Rice fields of Japan Incredible !!!

Looks ordinary  enough……. but watch as  the rice  grows!!!!!! 

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Stunning crop art  has sprung up across rice fields in  Japan , but this is no  alien creation. The designs have been  cleverly PLANTED!  

Farmers creating the huge displays use  no ink or  dye.   Instead, different  colour  rice plants have been precisely and strategically  arranged and  grown in the paddy fields.   As summer progresses
and the plants shoot up, the detailed artwork begins to   emerge.

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A Sengoku warrior on  horseback has been created  from  hundreds of thousands of rice plants.   The colours  are  created by using different varieties of rice plants,  whose  leaves grow in certain colours.   This photo  was taken  in Inakadate , Japan

Napoleon on  horseback can be seen from the  skies.   This was created by  precision planting and  months of planning by villagers and  farmers located in  Inkadate , Japan .

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Fictional warrior  Naoe Kanetsugu and his wife, Osen, whose  lives are  featured on the television series   ‘Tenchijin’,  appear in fields in  the town of  Yonezawa in the Yamagata prefecture

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This  year,  various artwork has popped up in other   rice-farming areas of Japan ,  including designs of deer  dancers.   Smaller works of  ‘crop-art’ can be seen  in other rice-farming areas of  Japan such as this image of Doraemon and deer dancers.
The farmers create the murals by planting little  purple and yellow-leafed Kodaimai  rice along with their  local green-leafed Tsugaru,
a Roman  variety,   to create the  coloured patterns in the  time between  planting and harvesting in September.
The  murals in  Inakadate cover 15,000 square metres of paddy   fields.

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From  ground  level, the designs are invisible, and viewers have  to  climb the mock castle tower of the village office to get  a  glimpse of the  work.

Closer to the  image,  the careful placement of the thousands of rice plants  in  the paddy fields can be seen.   Rice-paddy art  was  started there in 1993 as a local revitalization  project, an idea that grew  from meetings of the village  committees.   The different  varieties of rice plants  grow alongside each other to  create the masterpieces. In the  first nine  years, the village office workers and local   farmers grew a simple design  of Mount Iwaki every year   but their ideas grew more complicated  and attracted more  attention.   In 2005, agreements  between landowners  allowed the creation  of enormous rice paddy art. A year  later,  organizers used computers to precisely plot the  planting  of four differently colored rice varieties that bring  the  images to life!   TRULY A WORK OF   ART!!

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