Sometimes I receive emails that sound like they should be hoaxes but arn’t.
This one, about Japanese rice art, is one example of something that sounds too bizarre to be true.
The pictures, however, are quite genuine -
Subject: Rice Art
Stunning crop art has sprung up across rice fields in Japan.
But this is no alien creation – the designs have been cleverly planted.
Farmers creating the huge displays use no ink or dye.
Instead, different colours of rice plants have been precisely and strategically arranged and grown in the paddy fields.
As summer progresses and the plants shoot up, the detailed artwork begins to emerge -
My initial reaction when I saw those pictures was that they were either some sort of photoshop exercise or that someone had created the Japanese equivalent of crop circles, i.e. they were for no particular purpose other than to garner attention for the particular artist.
The truth, however, is that they are actually quite genuine and an ancient art form, as reported by The Guardian.
Quite stunning, don’t you think?