1. Every summer, at this time of the year, a quarter million tourists take scenic trains to gaze at the rice art festival in Aomori, Northern Honshu.
5. The tradition started in Inakadate, a village of 8,000 hoping to revitalize its town in the early 90’s.
6. Hundreds of volunteers rope off patches of paddies, and plant different-colored rice strains.
10. Sometimes they’re used as advertising. Is that a Facebook “Like” I see?
12. This one urges you to shove “Tsugaru Roman” rice into your mouth-hole.
The cat from Night on the Galactic Railway.