These Murals Are Made From Something You'd Never Expect

by
Fatimah Mazhar
Did aliens pay a visit to Japan? Japanese farmers have this summer tradition of creating giant murals in rice fields.

Though these images might appear as ordinary paintings at first, they are much more than just that.

The best part about these paintings or, as they are locally referred to, the tanbo art, is that the huge displays are made without the use of any ink or dye.

Instead, different colors and varieties of rice plants are strategically arranged and grown alongside each other in the paddy fields to give them the desired effect.
Rice Field Murals

Farmers prepare a different design each year for more than 15,000 visitors who travel all the way to the villages to view these masterpieces.

Here, have a look at some of the most beautiful works of tanbo art in the images below:
Rice Field Murals
Rice Field Murals
Rice Field Murals

Rice Field Murals
Rice Field Murals

Rice Field Murals

Rice Field Murals

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