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CHINA (CNN) -- The paddy in Inakadate Village, Aomori Prefecture, is home to an annual exhibition of huge portraits that are made visitors are flocking to a rice field in northeastern Japan to see elaborate artworks that stretch across the landscape with rice plants.

The village began the exhibition 21 years ago to attract tourists. This year two giant murals, depicting a traditional Japanese courtesan and iconic Hollywood actress marilyn monroe, are drawing large crowds to the field.

The villagers used nine kinds of rice plants in seven colors to fashion the artworks on the field, which is 140 meters long and 100 meters wide.

Visitors viewed the work from a nearby observation deck. One woman said she comes to the village every year for the exhibition. She said this year's effort was especially impressive.

The exhibition runs until mid-August.

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