Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Rice Paddy Tanbo

For over 2,000 years, the people of Inakadate, Japan, have grown rice. But in 1993, an attempt was made to generate more attention and tourist revenue to the small town. So the townspeople, 1200 to be exact, created a huge art piece with growing colored rice stalks in the paddies. Called Tanbo art, the designs that they do span hundreds of feet and have incredible detail. Each year, the rice is replanted and a new design is created. A special 65 foot observation deck sits in front of the fields for viewing.

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