Tanbo Art!

Tanbo Art - art made from rice plants

Crop circles were yesterday – Tanbo Art is today! Anyone who has been fascinated by the North American crop circle symbols should take a look at Japan . There I came across a particularly impressive art form: Tanbo Art! The spectacle is not based on a magic hand or extraterrestrial power, but rather on a sophisticated seed system. This type of art is possible through the use of different rice plants. When the grasses grow in summer and develop their different colors, an image pattern is created - as if by magic - through the interaction of light and dark rice plants.
Rice art in Inakadate - a Sengoku warrior on his horse An impressive example is the Sengoku warrior , who rides his horse in the field in Inakadata in Aomori Prefecture from the interaction of hundreds of thousands of different rice plant species . Tambo Art was created here in 1993, 600 km north of the capital Tokyo, and was initially intended as a marketing campaign for Inakadata. Rice was grown in this sleepy little town 2,000 years ago...
It's all about the exact sowing. The marketing was successful: as early as 2009, 150,000 visitors came just to look at the now award-winning rice fields. Inspired by the success of the small town, many other Japanese villages followed the trend and began to prepare their own rice fields. Particularly noteworthy is the city of Yonezawa in Yamagata Prefecture. Here, too, several hundred volunteers take part every year to polish up the image of their city.
The warrior Naoe Kanetsugu with his wife in Yonezawa The farmers create the works of art by planting small purple and yellow-leaf “Kodaimai” rice, along with a local green-leaf “Tsugaru Roman” rice variety .
“Kodaimai” and “Tsugaru Roman” - two rice variations This technology has now been developed to such an extent that special computer programs can calculate the exact sowing, thus creating ever more detailed images:

Napoleon on horseback in Inakada 2009 The impressive art form of tambo is another sign of Japan's long rice tradition. As a Risolier, I am sure: there is still a lot to discover here...

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