It has been 11 years since they started working as a part of the village revitalization, when Kikukawa was fascinated by the artworks of Inakadate in Aomori Prefecture, the birthplace of rice paddy art. While the theme chosen two years ago was a local story related to the shrine and temples of the city, this year the theme is “the statues with closed mouth and open mouth at Tideoji Temple Niohon.” Chukai-ji is a historical temple, said to have been founded in the Nara Period, and the site of the “Chukai-ji Yasaka Shrine Gion Festival” which is a traditional festival held since the Muromachi Period for three days around the end of July. Niomon gate, the featured design of this year, said to have been created in the middle of the Edo Period, is designated as the cultural property of the city.
Rice plantation is conducted by agricultural cooperatives and local volunteers every June and time to see the beautiful artwork is from around the beginning of July for about one and a half months after its rice plantation. It is designed to see the whole picture perfectly from the observation tower set alongside the road which is close to the venue. Every time you come visit here, you will be amazed at how advanced the design is.
The Chishu-ji Temple Gion Festival highlights the brave ritual “Mikoshi Togyo,” a two-wheel stall with about a 1 ton weigh climbs up and down 33 steps inclined at about 40 degrees in front of the Niomon Gate. During the festival, the rice paddy art will be great to see, so it is definitely recommended to see the rice paddy art together with the festival.