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We've all heard of urban art, but this is rural art. Art that takes place in farm fields of rice paddy's in Japan. The Japanese Rice Paddy Art Festival is a fairly low-key art festival that has submissions from all over Japan to showcase a large crop of rice paddy designs. Farmers just design these for themselves and send the pictures in, where there is a small following for this type of art in Japan. Designed by carefully organizing colours of rice plants to create a large scale picture is no easy task, but the Japanese have been doing things for decades that have fascinated the Western Hemisphere.

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January 19, 2017

Brightly Embroidered Temari Balls Are a Kaleidoscope of Geometric Design

A form of ancient Japanese folk art, temari balls are brightly colored pieces of needlework covered with elaborate patterns. In the Edo period, aristocratic women created temari balls using pieces of silk from spare kimonos in a challenge toward perfection. To a wider public, they became a sensation several years ago after a 92-year-old grandmother’s temari collection went viral.

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January 19, 2017

Adorable Animals Frolic in Snow as Oregon Zoo Is Closed Due to Weather

We may be only about a month into winter, but Portland, Oregon has already seen enough snowfall to satisfy the entire season. During what has been described as a miserable few weeks laced with storms, snow days, and sub-zero temperatures, many of the City of Roses’ residents have opted to keep warm by staying indoors or bundling up before braving the cold. Though the winter blues are normal, not all Oregonians are sick of the snow.

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