AOMORI, Japan (CNN/AVN/NHK) - A paddy in a northeastern Japan village is home to an annual exhibition of huge portraits that are making visitors flocking to a rice field to see elaborate artworks that stretch across the landscape.
The murals are all done with rice plants. The village began the exhibition 21 years ago to attract tourists.
This year, two giant murals depicting a traditional Japanese courtesan and iconic Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe are drawing large crowds to the field.
The villagers used nine kinds of rice plants in seven colors to fashion the artworks on the field, which is 140 meters long and 100 meters wide.
Visitors also caught a glimpse of the work from a nearby observation deck.
One woman said she comes to the village every year for the exhibition. She said this year's effort was especially impressive.
The exhibition runs until mid-August.
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