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Tanbo Art in Inakadate!

Check out the video "Japanese Rice Paddy Art - Inakadate Tanbo Art(Japanese Rice Paddy Art - Inakadate Tanbo Art 田んぼアート)."
All the artistic work is made using the rice on a rice field.

At 0:37 in the video, you can see the giant work of art from 2017, depicting “Momotaro,” a traditional Japanese folktale.
The Tanbo Art event of Inakadate is gaining popularity all over Japan.

What Is Tanbo Art? A Look at Its History and How It's Done

Image of Tanbo Art
Photo:Tanbo Art

The rice field is used as a canvas and different colors of rice are planted to create words and pictures.
At first, wild rice and Tsugaru rice was used for Tanbo Art. This limited the art to only 3 colors.

These days however, there are seven different colors, and design drawings and the laws of perspective are used. Because of this, the art has become more dynamic.
Kumamoto and Akita also do Tanbo Art and there's also a National Rice Field Art Summit event.

Highlights of Inakadate's Tanbo Art

There are two places with Tanbo Art in Inakadate- Inakadate village hall, and roadside station Inakadate.
As you can see from 1:50 in the video, there are different kinds of themes, such as Yamata no Orochi, and Susanoo (2 Japanese myths), and Shin Godzilla based on the movie of the same title.

In 2019, the drama “Oshin” and a character “Garapikopu” from “With Mother” was drawn.

Stone art is created near the Tanbo Art in Inakadate as well.
The actor Ishihara Yujiro and Princess Diana are created in stone art. This can be seen from 1:17 in the video.

These amazing works of art are best viewed from the Inakadate village observation deck and the Yayoinosato observatory which is introduced at 1:39 in the video. This way you can take some amazing Instagram photos!
Participating in the rice transplanting experience and trying to create your own art is a lot of fun!

Summary of Inakadate's Tanbo Art

Image of Summer rice field
Photo:Summer rice field

The best time to see Tanbo Art is between July and August, when the ears of rice are at their largest.
You can use the Tanbo Art station during the on season and go sightseeing.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the observatory was closed temporarily in 2020.
Make sure to look up opening hours, ticket information, and merchandise information beforehand.


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Last Updated : Oct. 14, 2020
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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