Since 1993, the Japanese Inakadate village has turned its rice fields into artworks. By tapping into their heritage as a region for farming, they produce stunning rice paddy art by planting various kinds of rice with intricate designs. The current project features two iconic female portraits from Eastern and Western art history.
On one side is the famous Mona Lisa painted by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci and on the other side is Japanese artist of the 19th and 20th century Seiki Kuroda’s work Lakeside, which includes the portrait of the wife of his Taneko Kaneko. Both figures were created by planting seven different varieties of rice, which, when fully bloomed, will help create the required amount of contrast that mimics the depth and colors of real paintings.
Due to the sheer size of rice paddy art, it takes a lot of planning to implement it adequately. A former High school instructor Atsushi Yamamoto is responsible for the intricate designs of Inakadate; he uses a computer to convert the original design’s color schemes into something reproducible using just seven colors of field rice.
The rice paddy art of this year is available to view between mid-June and the beginning of October. You can also follow Inakadate Village on Facebook to see more images that show their work on rice. Inakadate Village also shares their art through their website, which shares the natural changes in the color of the rice paddy with photos every day from the beginning of October.
The Japanese town of Inakadate is well-known in the world of rice-paddy arts, created by precise placing and planting seven shades of rice field crops.
The year was the year they took two iconic female portraits of art history: Mona Lisa as well as Taneko Kaneko.