The Guinness World record-holding game joins up with the Guinness World record-holding rice paddy to create a Dragon Quest artwork on a massive scale.
Gyoda City, in Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo, made a name for itself last year when it took the prestigious Guinness World Record title for world’s largest work of rice field art. The three enormous rice paddies used for the winning artwork, which cover an area of 27,195 acres, are being used again this year for another impressive display of mega proportions, and this time they’re dedicating the fields to Dragon Quest, the long-running roleplaying video game currently celebrating its 30th anniversary.
The collaborative project between Gyoda City and Square Enix’s Dragon Quest series serves to highlight both of their Guinness World record-holding titles, with the video game series making it into the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition with six world records, including: “Fastest Selling Game in Japan”, “Best Selling Role Playing Game on the Super Famicom”, and “Longest running Japanese role-playing game series”.
▼ To see this year’s amazing rice paddy art in Gyoda, check out the video below.
The majestic artwork is created by first planting a variety of rice seeds, which grow into differently coloured plants, giving definition to the piece.
With just one of the fields measuring close to the size of the playing field at Tokyo Dome, hundreds of community members came together in June to plant rice in the fields at the start of the project.
Now, just over a month since the fields were planted, the image has come to life in vivid colour. While the huge dragon dominates the centre of the work, the game’s mascot, Slime, is so large he spans across an entire field on his own.
The beautiful work is best viewed from the 50-metre (164-foot) tall observation tower that sits across from the fields. While the first harvest usually occurs around mid-October, the massive triptych should still be visible until the second harvest is completed around November.