Rice Paddy Paintings Are Pretty
While some suckers paint by number and use pigments, the real hardcore use growing rice as their palette. In the town of Inakadate in the Aomori prefecture, the people create giant murals of art within their growing rice paddies. This is done by also growing purple and yellow-leafed kodaimai rice along with their local green-leafed tsugaru-roman variety.
This isn’t the first year that they have done this, with other pictures ranging from fighting ninjas to ukiyo-e style pictures. This year it is the famous woodblock prints of Hokusai’s 36 Views of Mount Fuji, one of Japan’s most iconic and easily recognized pictures. They wanted to my portrait but it ended up looking so hot that all the rice cooked itself.