Rice imitating art! Japanese farmers create amazing 3D paintings in paddy fields… including images of warriors, prostitutes and even Godzilla
- Historical figures have sprung up across rice fields in the rural village of Inakadate, Aomori, Japan
- The murals require no ink and are created by planting different coloured rice plants in the fields
- These 3D intricate works cover 15,000 square metres of paddy fields and can only be seen above ground level
Historical figures including Marilyn Monroe in her white billowing dress and a menacing Godzilla have sprung up across rice fields in Japan.
The crop art requires no ink or dye and is instead created by planting different coloured rice plants in the fields.
These then grow into incredibly detailed 3D masterpieces in the rural village of Inakadate, Aomori, Japan.
In the breathtaking display, spectators can see a depiction of a luring Japanese oiron prostitute, in the field next to Monroe and the iconic Manhattan skyline.
The murals cover 15,000 square metres of paddy fields. From ground level, the designs are invisible, and viewers have to climb the mock castle tower of the village office to get a glimpse of the work.
Xibo farmers painstakingly plant the intricate figures as part of an annual tradition.
More than 150,000 visitors come to the small village, where just 8,700 people live, every summer to see the extraordinary murals.
The rice paddy art dates back to 1993 when Mt. Iwaki was illustrated with purple and yellow rice plants.
A rice field depicts Marilyn Monroe in her billowing white dress in her cult classic The Seven Year Itch. Adjacent to the Hollywood star, is a depiction of an oiron, a female considered a prostitute in Japan
Spectators might get the fright of their life as they stumble across a 3D Godzilla masterpiece in the rice fields in the rural village of Inakadate, Aomori, Japan
In an ode to all things Japanese, Xibo farmers have painstakingly recreated the family, who appear to be on a train ride, in the country’s popular animation Sazaesan. The anime cartoon has been running continuously since 1969
A dancer, who is seen wearing a traditional headress, balances a lotus flower on her hand as she waves a piece of material around her in an elegant sequence
Military figure Ushiawkamaru and Japanese warrior Benkei cut a striking pose in the 15,000 square metres of paddy fields
Spectators wander past the log stretches of rice fields. Farmers have experimented with different coloured rice plants to depict historical figures in military uniform which stand in the foreground of traditional Samurai flags and a Japanese temple
A female godly figure towers above a baby who appears to be under some sort of spell (pictured left), while a furious male is seen covered in jewels. His enraged face and seated position under a thundering dark cloud suggests he could be a devil god to ward off evil spirits