The truly original Japanese art form of rice patty art started a little over 20 years ago in northern Japan, and people are just now starting to take notice.

In 1993, a small town in Aomori Prefecture of northern Japan was looking for something everyone could look forward to. With a 2000 year history of rice farming, the townspeople decided to commemorate their history with art, and collectively make something that everyone could be proud of. By planting different types of modern and traditional rice that grew in different colors, and by using four different kinds of heirloom, they were able to create rice paddy art.

It's now 20 years later, other towns are doing it, and the results are over the top.

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