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.

  • ganchanz

    October 23, 2009 at 6:16 am

    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.

  • Tornadoes28

    October 23, 2009 at 9:09 am

    That is interesting. I wonder what that means?

  • Salvador

    October 27, 2009 at 2:48 am

    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!

  • FracArt

    September 19, 2010 at 8:39 am

    More photos of these amazing creations here: