Japanese Rice Paddy Art 2010
This year's selection of rice paddy art has begun to crop up in fields across Japan.
Two historical figures - the legendary warrior-monk Benkei (left) and the warrior Ushiwakamaru, a.k.a. Minamoto no Yoshitsune (right) - have emerged in a pair of fields in the Aomori prefecture town of Inakadate. For nearly 20 years, the town has prided itself as home to Japan's finest rice crop art, which is created by carefully arranging different colors of rice plants in the field.
Here are a few more works of rice paddy art from other parts of Japan.