Inakadate is a Japanese village which is popular for its rice production. The fields of this land have been growing rice for more than 2,000 years. The only problem is this village has a small population and it previously had no real way to attract tourists. So, 25 years ago, officials of the village came up with a strategy to bring more people there. The strategy was to plant various kinds of rice together in a way that would create colorful images after they grow.
Inakadate is now famous throughout Japan for its colorful drawings made from rice. Creating these drawings is a team effort that involves many local volunteers who assist in the planting and strategizing of the rice.
For the first time, officials of the village are having a conference to get ideas for future designs. The designs that are chosen will be created on the computer first and then went to art teachers in the area so they can render them. Once this is done, the rice fields get marked with numbers that represent the color to paint them. This takes 3 months to complete.
via Great Big Story