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article imageResidents of Japanese town band together to create rice art

By Walter McDaniel     Jul 18, 2014 in Entertainment
Aomori - Around 8,000 residents of the town Inakadate in Aomori Prefecture banded together to create some incredible art using simple arrangementsof rice.
The Rice Paddies in Inakadate is going viral online. Each piece comes from long hours worked in planting the perfect color and pattern to create a larger piece of collaborative art.
In 1993, Inakadate decided to "create huge mosaics out of rice plants in order to drum up publicity for the town and attract tourists," according to media reports.
Annually, the art include depictions of popular Japanese folktales, nature scenery and one time a mural based on a popular anime.
Not to be outdone by their lower-tech counterparts the digital collaborative art scene has exploded in Japan as well. Opposing values of traditionalism play off against technology in the Japanese art scene.
Contemporary Japanese artists have shied away from much of their traditional roots and borrowed a bit from western influences. Regardless it's still interesting to see that the residents of Inakadate remember to appreciate their classic art with their rendition of Hagoromo in rice.
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