Rice fields and Japanese characters

Browsing around Japan using Google maps I came across this village where they use a peculiar system to name the different rice fields. One single hiragana, katakana or kanji is used for each different field. I have only seen this naming system in this town, but maybe it is more usual than I think. Can somebody englighten us?

Rice fields
Seen in Google maps

Rice fields
Seen in Google maps

The art using rice fields is maybe a little bit more interesting than this boring maps plenty of Japanese characters.

4 replies on “Rice fields and Japanese characters”

I’m Japanese but I don’t know this single character name until now…
As far as I search, it seems popular only in Ishikawa.

Looks like they are using the I RO HA ordering in hiragana in one part, then in katakana in another, and also 甲乙丙 ordering in another. More interesting than using numbers, I guess!

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