Stunning Fields of Rice Art

Playing with your food isn't usually encouraged. But in the Inakadate village of Northern Japan, it's considered an art form. Rice farming has been a staple for 2,000 years in this village and today those same fields have become a source of both substance and style.

Several varieties are planted here with different colored leaves, providing color to the 15,000-sq.-foot canvas that can be seen from above. Images range from trains, to waves to intricate figures.

The art form that began in 1993 has grown into a major tourist attraction. As Celia Hatton reports, this small village of 8,400 people had 170,000 visitors last year, and its murals are inspiring imitations across Japan.


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