Video: Stunning rice fields which are turned into works of art, begin to wash away and disappear

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A Japanese village known for creating stunning crop art in its cleverly planted rice fields has had its unique designs washed away by winter showers.

Every year, huge colourful displays are grown by farmers in the fields of Inakadate in Japan attracting more than 150,000 visitors. The area has now earned a reputation for its agricultural artistry and this year the enormous pictures of Napoleon and a Sengoku-period warrior, both on horseback, were visible across huge swathes of paddy fields.But recent heavy rainfall in the region has reduced the artwork to a muddy mess, leaving a blank canvas for locals to start planning next year’s murals. The tradition began in 1993 and the largest and finest work is grown annually in the Aomori village of Inakadate, 600 miles north of Toyko.