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Report on the 5th Anniversary Project "Paddy Art"

For the "NEC Paddy Making Project", events with various new plans are held to celebrate its 5th anniversary.
"Paddy Art" is drawing picture on the rice field with different colors of rice plants. The picture becomes visible as the plants grow.
The best time to see the picture will be at the end of June or in early July.

NEC Paddy Making Project is conducted in cooperation with NPO Asaza Fund. The theme of this event is "Flying Ibis over NEC Paddy" based on the goal of Asaza Project to "Restore Japanese Crested Ibises to Kasumigaura in 100 years", with an ibis depicted in the rice field.

May 16, 2008
Plane-table survey conducted, and 300 reeds were placed on the outline of the rice field art.

May 17, 2008 (Day 1)
After rice planting
3 different kinds of rice plants were used.
From left: Yellow (ancient rice)/Black (ancient rice)/Green (Nippon-bare)

* Nippon-bare is the same plant as in other rice fields.

May 21, 2008 (Day 4)
Outline became a little clearer.

May 28, 2008 (Day 11)
Can you see the shape of an ibis?

June 4, 2008 (Day 18)
The outline became even clearer.

June 11, 2008 (Day 25)
The eye of the ibis became vivid!

Ancient rice (black) on the wings were slightly blurred.。
Insect damage, probably caused by rice water weevils, occurred.
Wait a while and see.

June 14, 2008 (Day 28)
On this day, the Master Course Program weed removal was held.
The experts told us that they removed weeds barefoot or in Tabi (Japanese socks) to avoid damaging rice plants because the planting distance is narrower than in other rice fields.
Thank the experts!

June 18, 2008 (Day 32)
Weather was fine and getting warmer the last few days, the plant offshoots progressed, and the water surface started obscuring the plants.

The outline of ancient rice (black) came into sharper view!

June 26, 2008 (Day 40)
The rice plant colors became brighter!

Visible water surface got smaller compared to 10 days ago.

June 28, 2008 (Day 42)

On this day, Master Course Program weed removal was held.
They also removed weeds on the steps to the hill and around the hill.

Now you can see the legs!
Thank all the experts!


July 2, 2008 (Day 46)
Black rice (ancient rice) that had suffered from insect damage got healthier.

Outline emerged, strong beak!

July 5, 2008 (Day 49)
The 2nd event "Weed Removing & Firefly Watching" (Part 1) was held.

July 12, 2008 (Day 56)
The 2nd event "Weed Removing & Firefly Watching" (Part 2) was held.

July 16, (Day 60)
60 days since rice planting.
Temperatures rose, the plant offshoots progressed.
<Water surface was almost completely covered .>

Three colors became visibly darker.

July 19, 2008 (Day 63)
On this day, NEC Nexsolutions held the event "Weed Removing & Firefly Watching".

About 50 NEXS employees and their families enjoyed the event.

July 30, 2008 (Day 74)
The grain appeared!

Rice will bloom soon after, but they have only 20 to 30 minutes of flowering time.

August 6, 2008 (Day 81)
Rice plants as well as other grasses and flowers on the hill grew too!

August 13, 2008 (Day 88)
Hot summer, rice plants grew more.
Three different kinds of rice, three different heights.

August 20, 2008 (Days 95)

3D formed paddy art with differently growing heights.
Harvest is also difference for each kind, yellow is harvested before Nippon-bare (green) and black ancient rice is harvested a little after green.

August 29, 2008 (Day 104)

September 13, 2008 (Day 119)
On this day, the Master Course Program to harvest yellow ancient rice was held.

Height is a little shorter than the others, and the rice is round compared to others.
Yellow 50cm <Black 70cm < Green 100cm

1,100 harvested plants were hung under eaves to dry.

After only the yellow was harvested

Hang under eaves to dry

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