Friday, March 5, 2010

Fields of Japan..and Relive Positive Memories

Relive Positive Memories

Recall the good things that happened to you in the past. If you mentally relive those experiences, you will be in a much better state of mind to deal with the present more efficiently.

Keep a list of the good things that have happened to you. When you feel sad, take out your list and read it over. Think especially about those things you felt joy over when you first obtained them, things you still have. By recalling your original joy, you will feel better now.

Sad people tend to talk about their misfortunes and this causes them needless misery. They should form the habit of talking about the positive experiences of their life. When you talk about positive experiences and thoughts, they have a positive effect on your emotional state. By doing this a few times, you build up your confidence in your ability to evoke positive emotions.

Love Yehuda

Subject: FW: Rice Fields of Japan..

Stunning crop art has sprung up across

rice fields in Japan , but this is no alien creation.  The designs have

been cleverly planted.

Farmers creating the huge displays use no ink or


Instead, different color rice plants

have been precisely and strategically arranged and grown in the  paddy


As summer progresses and the plants shoot up, the

detailed artwork begins to emerge.

A Sengoku warrior on

horseback has been created from hundreds of

thousands of rice plants.

The colors are created by using different

varieties.  This photo was taken in Inakadate , Japan .

Napoleon on horseback can be seen

from the skies.

This was created by precision

planting and months of planning by villagers and farmers located in Inkadate ,

Japan .

Fictional warrior Naoe Kanetsugu and

his wife, Osen, whose lives are featured on the television

series Tenchijin,


appear in fields in the town of Yonezawa

in the Yamagata prefecture of Japan .

This year, various artwork has popped up in other

rice-farming  areas of Japan , including designs of deer



Smaller works of crop art can be seen in

other rice-farming areas of Japan such as this image of Doraemon and deer


The farmers create the murals  by planting little purple and

yellow-leafed Kodaimai rice along with their local green-leafed Tsugaru,

a Roman variety, to create the colored patterns in the time between

planting and harvesting in September.

The murals in Inakadate cover

15,000 square meters of paddy fields.


From ground level, the designs are invisible, and

viewers have to climb the mock castle tower of the village office to get a

glimpse of the  work.

Closer to the image, the careful placement

of the thousands  of rice plants in the paddy fields can be


Rice-paddy art was started there in

1993 as a local revitalization project, an idea that grew

from meetings of the village committees.

The different varieties of rice plants

grow alongside each other to create the masterpieces.

In the first nine

years, the village office workers and local farmers grew a simple design of Mount Iwaki every


But their ideas grew more complicated and attracted more


In 2005, agreements between

landowners  allowed the creation of enormous rice

paddy art.

A year later, organizers used computers to precisely plot planting

of the four differently colored rice varieties that bring the images to