Paddy Fields as a matter of National Aesthetics
Paddy field Art in Inakadate (Aomori prefecture,2007)
Hokusai ‘s The Great Wave off Kanagawa and Red Fuji (1832)
Instead, by precisely planting four varieties of rice with differently colored leaves in fields their ancestors have farmed for centuries, the people of Inakadate Village have this year grown remarkable reproductions of famous woodblock prints by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849).
Homegrown art, Japan Times, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007
36 Views of Mount Fuji (富嶽三十六景) is an ukiyo-e series of 46 large, color woodblock prints by the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849). The series depicts Mount Fuji in differing seasons and weather conditions from a variety of different places and distances. It actually consists of 46 prints created between 1826 and 1833.
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Shigeru Ishiba asked his advisory body Tuesday to draft a new farm policy focusing on a proposed review of the long-standing practice of curtailing rice output to maintain prices…
The advisory body is also expected to propose a numerical target to raise Japan’s food self-sufficiency rate from 40 percent in the 2007 crop year to 50 percent in the 2017 crop year.
Farm policy review may end limits on rice output, Kyodo News, Jan. 28, 2009