Since Heisei 5 - or 1993 in the Gregorian calendar - Inakadate （田舎館）has made effort to invigorate community spirit and the local economy by tanbo art - art in the ricefield made by planting different coloured rice to make picutures and patterns. This year's pattern is Taketori Monogatari, or the Bamboo Cutter's daughter.
|Inakadate's local govt building, no doubt inspired by Hirosaki castle.|
The 6 floor tower is a perfect vantage point for viewing the tanbo art.
|The Kaguya hime + "Ganbarou Nippon" - try your hardest Japan -|
the national motto since the earthquake.
|The bamboo cutter + think about other people...|
hmmm yes... maybe that could be sent to some national politicians...
more on that later perhaps.
|Orange rice (I think)|
|And a foot onsen next door, thanks to the generousity of the|
Japan Racing Association.
Previous tanbo art showing the progress from planting to harvest. http://www.vill.inakadate.lg.jp/1000power/html/index.htmlTanbo is also spelt tambo - tanbo art / tambo art.