International Students Experience Rice Paddy Art in Motoyama Town




  16 June: Overseas students from Kochi University encountered Japanese art and culture when they took part in the Rice Paddy Art Festival, an annual event organized by rice farmers of Motoyama Town. This year ornamental rice was planted in four different colors which, when it sprouts in July and August, will depict a historical Japanese warrior and some Chinese and Japanese characters saying “Village of the Heavenly Sky”.  This event was followed by a workshop with the theme “Raising Motoyama Town’s Profile”.  Proposals by overseas students included publicizing the beautiful local nature, the building of tourist facilities, and creating a winery.