Tanbo rice art is made completely of rice plants. Different varieties are used to produce the designs. There is no dye or paint used.
At first the village produced simple pictures of Mount Iwaki. Over the years the designs have become more elaborate. The villagers spend the entire year planning using computer aided design techniques. About 1000 local people help to plant the rice.
The rice art fields attract 200,000 visitors each year (a major boast to the economy considering the town only has 8,000 residents). The idea has since been copied by small towns in neighboring prefectures such as Yonezawa in Yamagata.
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