Crop circles are for amateurs.
When 67-year-old rice farmer Tokio Nakano decided to turn his field into a work of art, he set his sights higher than geometric shapes and simple lines.
Using nothing more than rice seedlings and some careful planning, he created a living picture of the newly opened Tokyo Skytree.
It took Nakano 10 varieties of rice seedlings and a week of planting to transform his 1,500-square-meter rice paddy in Nasushiobara, Tochigi Prefecture, into a view of the world’s tallest freestanding tower.
The seedlings range in color from white to green to purple, with the bright-green Nasuhikari variety making up the background.
At 50-meters, Nakano's Skytree is a bit too big even for its spacious canvas, with the top part of the tower disappearing behind a "cloud" of white leaves.
A 20-meter-tall "Tochimaru-kun," the prefecture's mascot character, stands to the right of the tower, and written below it--also in rice plants--are the words "Cheerful Japan."
As the plants grow, the colors will change, and Nakano said he will apply a touch-up to the picture before the harvest.
He has also built an observation deck for visitors to enjoy the view.
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