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Japanese rice art!

Seems all things Japanese and wonderful keep making their way into my life. This time my surprise came in the form of an email from my boyfriends mum.

Again it involves Japanese art. Hooooda-thunk-it!

Japanese farming villages have decided to take on a different approach to making their farming efforts unique. Aomori prefecture village of Inakadate, has earned a reputation for its rice illustration which was planted for the first time in the summer of 2009.

Sengoku Warrior

How do they do it? Well, if you are a Farmville player (hehe) you will know that rice comes in different colours. Farm workers need to strategically plant the rice in position, so that when it grows the colours paint a picture. The faster the crop grows the faster the illustration emerges.


Team work does wonders


Can you see the image emerging?


The final product


See more images here.

In my last post about Japanese art I referred (and linked) to a famous historical artwork by Hokusai called the Great wave… If you recognise the image above and didn’t know why, there’s your explanation. It seems the Japanese realise that the rest of the world has an interest in this piece. They sure know talent when they see it.

I want to know how long these planting sessions take to plan! Congrats to the Japanese, innovation comes so easily to them!

Recreation and  productivity at the same time. Like a dream…It’s like finding a job that you enjoy.

I’m going to try it on my Farmville farm now! I’ll let you know how it works out 😉


Web 2.0 clothing innovation

Juan Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton, Billabong, Nike, Springleap? Clothing labels. Some are famous for their creators and some for their innovation in a field.

Since web 2.0 and the integration of social media and branding  has become such a popular topic I thought I’d join the party and share with you the community that is Springleap.

Springleap.com is a clothing label, currently dabbling in t-shirts, which has embraced the use of the internet as far as it can manage.  Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, a blog forum, a photo gallery and online competitions are just some of the methods they use to get people involved with what they do on the net.

The main way to get involved is to choose the winners in their t-shirt design competitions. Huh? Yes, you choose the winners via a voting process in which you grade each and every design submitted to the specific competition.

The best part is that you have the opportunity of telling the designer EXACTLY what you think of their work. Believe me, it can get hot in there.

If you’d like to risk your alias and your pride for a shot at a few thousand bucks, you could design a creation of your own and submit it too.

If you’d like to be a part of the action subscribe to the website and have a look around. You will find links to their Facebook and Twitter profiles on the homepage.

Here’s one for the Star Wars fans, because I am your father…the image is linked…u may click on it my son…

Me in the "Who's your Daddy?" tee by a designer named DotNot.

Happy Crowdsourcing Sorcerors 🙂