23-year-old animator Yuki Omura had a bright future ahead of him. As a university student, he launched a picture book titled U-chan no Matsuzaki, and afterwards, he started working for one of Japan’s most prestigious animation studios, Kyoto Animation. Unfortunately, his life was cut short when a crazed arsonist poured gasoline in KyoAni’s Studio 1 building and lit it on fire.

Now, his home town of Kikugawa City, Shizuoka Prefecture is paying tribute to their fallen son in a big way. Local farmers have recreated Omura’s artwork from U-chan no Matsuzaki into rice paddy art.

Omura himself would go to these rice fields with his family to view the field artworks. The farmers used 10 types of rice plants for the tribute art, and the animator’s own parents helped plant them.

Tadashi Ikeda told them that “I still cannot find the words to describe the loss of this great aspiring man. I want many people to come out and see this artwork.”

They will be displaying the tribute artwork until August 16th.

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Source: Asahi Shimbun via ANN


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