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Marilyn Monroe makes an appearance at a rice paddy in Japan

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The artistic rice tradition began 21 years ago. The artistic rice tradition began 21 years ago.

Marilyn Monroe makes an appearance at a rice paddy in Japan. 

The Inakadate Village is home to an annual exhibit of huge portraits. 

What makes them unique? 

They're made with rice plants.  This year's display features the iconic image of Monroe's dress flying from the movie "The Seven Year Itch."  The other giant mural depicts a traditional Japanese courtesan.  Villagers used nine kinds of rice plants in seven colors to make the artwork. 

The tradition began 21 years ago.

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