Rice Field Art

In what has to be the weirdest creative medium next to the Seed Art Pavilion at the Minnesosta State Fair, Japanese farmers have taken to making large-scale art by planting some of their fields in different strains of rice. The only problem is, in order to even see what the picture is of, you have to look at it from really high above the field.

Fortunately, this one is next to the municipal tower in Gyoda, home of the Gyoda Hasu-en, where you can see acres and acres of lotus in bloom, grown from 2500-year-old seeds.

This is the view from the other side of the tower’s observation deck

These handsome guys…

…are Japan’s top rugby players, who will be competing in the Rugby World Cup in September. The World Cup is in Japan this year, hence the rice portrait worthiness

The fields clocking around to the rugby dude’s right spell out “Reiwa,” which is the name of the new imperial era that just began when the new emperor Naruhito ascended to the Chrysanthemum Throne in May of 2019

But planting these suckers is harder than it looks. First of all, no weedy holes. I still can’t figure out how the gardeners and farmers of Japan manage to a) get everything to grow at the same rate/bloom all at once and b) how they manage to get perfect coverage without any bare spots. An easier question to answer is how they make the picture look right from the top of the tower. Like this:

Who knew that farming would require Photoshop skillz?

After coming down from the tower, Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Tokyo

For nine years, Tokyo Detective Kenji Nakamura thought his mother’s death was an accident. Then he gets a call, and his life begins to unravel. Because if it wasn’t an accident…what was it? Read more