Japan Rice Paddy Field Art | Inakadate village

And you thought Western crop circles were impressive.  These incredible works of art in Japanese village, Inakadate, are created directly from rice paddy fields by the locals.  

In 1993, as part of a revitalization effort, Inakadate began creating rice paddy field art, murals of art using rice paddy fields.

The people were looking for a way to revitalize their village. Archaeology showed that rice had been grown in the area for more than 2000 years. To honour this history, the villagers started a rice field behind the town hall. The villagers cultivated and used four different types of heirloom and modern strains of rice to create a giant picture in the field. To allow viewing of the whole picture, a mock castle tower 22 meters high was erected at the village office. In 2006, more than 200,000 people visited the village to see the art.