Support Sent to Japan Rugby Team from Rice Paddy Fields

Sports Society

Gyoda, Saitama Pref., Oct. 11 (Jiji Press)--Viewers of rice paddies in harvest season are being wowed by huge living artworks in the fields to welcome the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan and send support to the Japanese national team.

In Gyoda, Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo, visitors can enjoy a picture of captain Michael Leitch between two other players, created from rice plants of different colors, on a tract of fields roughly 160 meters wide and 175 meters long.

The four different varieties were planted in June by some 1,000 people including kindergarten kids.

More than 80,000 people have visited a 50-meter-high observation deck nearby for a full view of the picture, which includes Japanese letters saying, "Ganbare," to send encouragement to the team.

"It's awesome. I'm impressed," said a woman, 59, who came to see the picture with her husband from Ota of the neighboring prefecture of Gunma.

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