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photo by Zoria April

Planting the Seed of Beauty: Rice Paddy Art and Where to See it in Japan

Nazca Lines in Peru and Cerne Abbas Giant in the UK are amazing large scale works with long history. Rice field art in Japan comes close in that it has a similar scale, but it is transient – disappearing with the harvest. And in that it perfectly embodies the Japanese concept of “mono no aware”…

Fabulous Rice Paddy Art in Aomori

Rice is synonymous with Japan, people cannot think of Japan or Japanese food without thinking of rice. However you may not think of rice, and then think of works of art. But in Japan, rice can be art. The Rice Art Village The village of Inakadate in Aomori is a small area, with a population…

Exploring The Small Town Japan

While most visitors tend to focus on the Big 3 (Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto), Japan is full of a variety of other types of places. Many times, some of the most interesting places won’t be found in guidebooks or be recommended by Japanese friends. There are many advantages to exploring the Japan that exists outside…