For the most part, the town of Inakadate in Aomori Prefecture in Japan doesn’t get a lot of visitors. With only 8,000 or so residents, most of whom make their living through agriculture, there’s not much to do there.
However, every summer droves of visitors come to sit and stare at the farmers fields as Inakadate’s rice paddies transform into gigantic works of art.
In 1993, Inakadate decided to create huge mosaics out of rice plants in order to attract tourists to the town, what a brilliant idea! The event was such a hit that it’s become an annual event that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors.
While the most common variety of rice plant grows in bright green stalks, planting other differently colored strains in carefully selected positions, lines and shapes creates amazing pieces of huge artwork in the rice paddy fields. Check it out in the video below.
It only takes about a month for the artwork to emerge. The series of photos below shows how the field looked when planting began on June 1, with each shot coming roughly a week later and the final taken on July 10.
Sadly, the beautiful designs disappear just as quickly as they appear. If you’d like to see Inakadate’s rice paddy art for yourself, make the trip up to Aomori by mid-August because soon after all that art will be harvested, and not too much later, it’ll be dinner. We especially love that part!