For rice field art in Asahikawa, the JA Taisetsu youth community works mainly on “deepening the connection between production area and consumers, and promoting consumers to be interested in agriculture from a variety of perspectives”. In its 14th year this year, rice planting work was carried out over two days including Jun. 7 and Jun. 8 through the cooperation of a large group of citizens, including agricultural associations and parents and children of the Asahikawa PTA Association.
While many of the past works have drawn various animals as subjects, this year will take on the challenge with new designs under the theme of “Go for it! Hokkaido”. Intricate art is skillfully drawn using six different colors of rice including green, red, white, purple, orange, and yellow. It is our pleasure to see what kind of work will be done after we go to the venue. The best time to see rice field art is from Mid-July and colorful, beautiful, and giant rice field art emerges clearly in the rice fields. The viewing platform where tourists can overlook the entire art has been set up since early July and the venue is open. The Rice Field Art Festival on Saturdays is also held after Obon in August each year. We hope that it will be an opportunity where locally produced vegetables and special products are dealt so it contributes to local production and consumption, and producers and consumers interact while watching the rice field art. Please visit Asahikawa, where you can enjoy the relaxing time and natural attractions fully and look at the Mt. Taisetsuzan Mountains.
While Asahikawa presented art of “Nocturnal Animals” last year, this year they have made the design of “Hokkaido Animals Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Hokkaido being Named” which features lesser known animals as well as animals which represent Hokkaido. This year it is their wish to “rouse Hokkaido into its anniversary year. “
The best time to view would be from around the middle of July. About 300 people work together on the rice plantation for two days to create the giant rice paddy art depicting animals moving around dynamically. The observatory will be installed next to the venue that visitors can enjoy the view of the entire piece. On Saturday just after Obon season in August, they hold the festival “Tanbo Art Festival” to give all of the participants a fun time while admiring this work of art. Locally produced vegetables and local products are sold at food stalls with the aim of sharing us the idea “food education” and “local production for local consumption” from various perspectives.
Asahikama also has “Asahiyama zoo,” one of Hokkaido’s famous sightseeing spots where animals on display include native wildlife and enclosures known as “Behavior Displays” so that visitors can be right among the animals. You should visit this zoo to check out the popular seaside wildlife such as penguins, polar bears, and seals as well as the local animals previously featured in their rice paddy arts.