Right now, in a rice paddy not too far away…. STAR WARS! The village of Inakadate, in the Japanese prefecture of Aomori, has produced an impressive artistic work highlighting the next movie in the franchise, Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. In what has become an annual process for the last twenty-two years, the villagers set their sights on creating a boost in tourism. Drawing on past successes, including a rice paddy that looked like the Mona Lisa and another that resembled Marilyn Monroe, village leaders decided to work on an imperial-scale this year.

Having contacted representatives at Lucasfilm, Inakadate was given the green light to use the official Star Wars logo and characters. Wanting to pay tribute to the connections between the original trilogy and the new films, forgetting about the prequels like any sensible group of people would, the planners decided to incorporate the famous droid duo, C-3PO and R2D2, along with the newly unveiled robot, BB-8.

Using computer software to plan the layout, the villagers began planting the paddy in early June. Using eleven different varieties of rice, along with seven different colors of rice, the resulting creation shows beautiful shading as the three droids are entering hyperspace. Time is drawing short to view the paddy in person, as the colors are already starting to fade and the harvest occurs in early October.


Steve Pame

Steve Pame

A part-time graduate student and high school teacher, Steve enjoys just about anything that makes him forget all the student loans he'll never be able to pay back. He enjoys visiting his extended family, spread throughout the world, whenever he has a chance.