Stormtroopers Make Sure Japanese Children Plant Rice

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The rice planting season has wrapped up in Japan. Imperial Stormtroopers ensured everything went as planned.

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As noted on Japaaan and Game Over, the children were from a local nursery school in Aomori Prefecture, and they were enlisted for the day to help plant rice for rice paddy art.

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This is actually a publicity stunt for the Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. The children were decked out in Star Wars t-shirts, and there was even one kid in a Darth Vader mask. With flowers.

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Heart. Melting.

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Best day out ever? Website Cinema Today has these delightful snaps.

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So this summer, when the rice grows tall, it should look like this:

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Right now, it looks like this.

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[via Japaaan and Game Over]

He’s pretty nice for a Stormtrooper.

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In case you missed it, you can check out more rice paddy art here and here.

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Hadjimurad
Hadjimurad

you know, in uzbekistan, if the kids don’t pick the cotton, they’re not allowed to go to school the next year. it’s state controlled child slave labor.

i wonder if japan similarly ‘incentivizes’ their little rice planters?