This is called “tanbo art” (田んぼアート) or “rice paddy art”. There are no dyes to create the different colours and hues. Instead, farmers used various rice strains in their tanbo canvases.
Japanese Ama - diving well into their elder years
Star Sand - Japan
The local legends states that star sand was made of the tiny skeletons of the offspring of the Southern Cross and the North Star, who were killed by a giant serpent right after being born in the ocean. But according to science, these beautiful particles are the exoskeletons of millions of foraminifera–marine protozoans–that are believed to be fossil evidence dating back 550 million years ago, one of the oldest fossils known to man.
The best time to find some is just after a typhoon, when the sand stars are stirred up beneath the ocean floor and washed up on the shore in enormous numbers. If you look closely enough, you might even find some that are still alive!
Misao Okawa pictured with her older sister, circa 1900
HH: Too cute, we end up with the same haircut that we had as a child.
World’s oldest person celebrates her 116th birthday: ‘Eat and sleep and you will live a long time’
- Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman born in 1898, has told The Telegraph her recipe for longevity: eating lots of sushi and sleeping eight hours a night.
- In the year in which Misao Okawa was born in Osaka, Queen Victoria was still on the British throne, the Spanish American War was raging and Horatio Kitchener triumphed in the Battle of Omdurman.
HH: Who knew — sushi and sleep — I can do this.
19th century silk wedding kimono (uchikake), featuring yuzen painting and embroidery highlights. Made in Osaka, Japan. Exhibited at the Immigration Museum, Victoria, Australia