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Saitama rice field art snags Guinness record

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By RocketNews24

You may have already heard about rice field art: Those complex works that use dyed or naturally colored rice grains to create gorgeous patterns, or that turn the whole rice field into a canvas for a massive “painting” that can only be fully appreciated from the skies. Also, because Japan, Ultraman is sometimes involved.

But the phenomenon, once a niche practice for small Japanese cities that otherwise had nothing in the way of tourist destinations, has caught on to the point that the Guinness Book has actually recorded, for posterity, the current world’s largest work of rice field art.

The recipient of the Guinness Book’s “World’s largest rice field art” is the city of Gyodashi, in Saitama Prefecture, and we just had to go take a look at it for ourselves.

Gyodashi has apparently been making attempts at a Guinness Record for several years, but this year they seem to have pulled out all the stops, creating an enormous work that uses seven different kinds of rice plant to make a portrait in rice that reflects the themes of “kids” and “outer space.”

The humongous work spans so many rice fields that the designers actually had to account for two roads that run through the center, essentially turning the work into a giant, natural triptych. In total, the work covers 27,195 square acres, the whole of which guests can see from a viewing platform for just 400 yen.

As with any artwork of this scale, the rice paddy art in Gyodashi required the cooperation of literally an entire village, with 813 residents helping to plan, design, and plant the various colors of rice.

Having seen it with our own eyes, we can say with confidence that it’s truly something to behold. But if you’re interested in seeing Gyodashi’s record setting work up close and personal, you’ll need to hurry! The work will only be on display until November 11, after which the rice will presumably be harvested and consumed. A cruel fate for such a wonderful work of art.

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It's clearly not 27,195 acres, that would be about 42.5 square miles, or over 11,000 hectares. Is it possible that the number should be 27.195 acres?

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Tina, Thank you for enlightening me to this fact but please provide evidence for such a comment.

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I don,t think it is "various colors of rice." I have check this out and it is the same variety of Kome. The coloration is achieved but cutting the kome at different heights and digging up the ground.

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Nice design...

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tinawatanabe NOV. 03, 2015 - 03:15PM JST Guinness seems to be a genuine organization compared with UNESCO.

?? You really are on fine form today >tina.

UNESCO is a fine organisation that contributes to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedom proclaimed in the United Nations Charter.

The Guinness Book of Records tries to promote many worthless events like "Most Eggs Crushed with Head in One Minute", "Largest Smurf Meeting Ever", "Most People Brushing Their Teeth Simultaneously" and dare I say..."World’s largest rice field art”

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And the amount of posters that run Saitama down for whatever reason is unbelievable . Along with rice field art, people from all over Japan including foreign tourists and students go to Saitama to watch~ learn crop spraying drones , remote control helicopter practice, learn solar & hydro mechanized farming and irrigation.

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Guinness seems to be a genuine organization compared with UNESCO.

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Johnnie, UNESCO and UN are corrupt, Guinnes does not look like.

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