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Tanbo art (田んぼアート) or “rice paddy art” is the work of Japanese farmers who plant different strains of rice in order to transform their rice paddies into enormous living canvases. No dyes or other artificial colouring methods are used in this process. Each colour is simply a different type of rice.
"Often, hundreds of villagers work together to plant the rice by hand and create these massive works of art. While planting, different areas of the rice paddy are roped off, so people know which type of rice to put where—kind of like painting by numbers.
Rice is planted in the spring, and then harvested in the fall. When it gets close to harvest, the color changes to a beautiful hue called “koganeiro” (黄金色), which is often translated as “golden” or “honey-colored”. This means the art changes as the seasons change.”
Visit Kotaku to learn more about this awesome Japanese artform.
What’s fluffy, sweet and too adorable to eat? Cat marshmallows! Now you can have cat inspired beverages in the comfort of your own home thanks to Yawahada, a Japanese specialist marshmallow shop.
The paw print marshmallows come in three types; for placing milk teas, matcha (green tea) lattes and hot chocolates.
Not only are they super kawaii, these spongy cat paws actually poke through the froth of your drink! Even after the paw melts, it covers your beverage with ‘paw art’.
If you think these paws are the bee’s knees, just wait till you see ‘Café Cat’. When placed in hot chocolate, it looks as though a kitty is peaking through your drink!
Cat marshmallows can be bought separately or in gift sets. The Café Cat and Paw box comes with two cats and two paw prints for 840 yen ($AUD8.99). Yawahada currently only ships within Japan, however if you’re visiting Japan, you’ll able to place an order and get the delicious treats delivered to where you’re staying, you lucky duck you!