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.
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    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 of Japan.
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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 meters 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.
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    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!

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