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Artworks by handicapped people

Zheng Jieping, handicapped calligrapher from Shanghai, writes during an exhibition held at the Handicapped People's Art Center in Shanghai, east China, Aug. 22, 2007. A total of 134 artworks by the handicapped were displayed in the five-day exhibition, opened on Thursday. (Xinhua/Wang Rongjiang)

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Pimp my rice paddy

Each year, farmers in the town of Inakadate in Aomori prefecture create works of crop art by growing a little purple and yellow-leafed kodaimai rice along with their local green-leafed tsugaru-roman variety. This year’s creation — a pair of grassy reproductions of famous woodblock prints from Hokusai’s 36 Views of Mount Fuji — has begun to appear (above). It will be visible until the rice is harvested in September.

The residents of Inakadate have been drawing pictures with rice since 1993. Here are a few crops from the recent past, found at this site.



While Inakadate is Japan’s most famous rice paddy decorating town, a couple of other places in Japan have joined in the fun.
Yonezawa, Yamagata prefecture, 2007

Yonezawa, Yamagata prefecture, 2006

Nishio, Aichi prefecture (2005, 2006)

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