After twenty years abroad and a recent stint in Hollywood, Japan's super sentai franchise has come home. And this month, they're welcoming it with open arms and open fields.
Back in May, 500 volunteers gathered in Nanyo to plant a mix of heirloom rice plants in such a way that the resulting plants would create a picture of Hollywood's Red Ranger. Called tanbo art, the concept was first attempted in Inakadate, Aomori back in 1993 as a way to revitalize interest in the town. Since then, other villages have gone on to do similar, either for increased tourism or for special events.
The planting of this field was overseen by the Chaya Shinden Tanbo Art Executive Committee. This marks their ninth year creating tanbo art, and their first in collaboration with a film. The art will be visible until the end of the month. The rice will be ready to harvest in October, and will be distributed to various companies in Nagoya for processing.
The Red Ranger was on hand to greet fans at the recent viewing party. There is a small balcony from which people can view the art at no charge.
Power Rangers opens in Japan July 15.
Source: Anime! Anime!
Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, blogs and runs interviews for (Re)Generation Who and PotterVerse, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl's Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.