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Star Wars: The Force Awakens...On a Rice Field?

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Creating art on a rice field is not a new Japanese form of expression. In fact, there is an annual rice art festival in Aomori, Northern Honshu.  Rice art on display are usually homages to classic Japanese paintings and at times, Japanese pop culture.

This rice art may be an exception.  It’s a sign that the upcoming Star Wars film, like the previous ones, has universal appeal.

Farmers in Inkadate Village, Japan have created a huge mural of Star Wars in their rice fields featuring BB-8, C-3PO and R2D2.

The design team used computer software to produce accurate calculations that help them figure out how the fields should be planted.  Then they place reed sticks as markers.  Finally, they plant different kinds of rice that will produce different colorfed leaves.

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