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Entrant: Hakuhodo Inc., Tokyo

Inakadate Village
"Rice Code"

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Corporate Name of Client: Inakadate Village
Client Supervisor: Takatoshi Asari
Agency: Hakuhodo Inc., Tokyo
Executive Creative Directors: Kazuhiro Suda/Airo Takanohashi
Creative Director: Takahiro Eguchi
Copywriters: Masako Shimizu/Kei Nakamura
Art Director: Keita Kojima
Agency Producer: Takashi Anbo
Digital Designer: Akihiro Okada
Project Curator : Masateru Kametani
Editor: Tomohiro Matsumoto
Technical Director : Hirochika Matsuo
Production Producer : Takehito Shina
Production Manager: Koki Yamaguchi

Concept/Cultural Reference:
A small village in northeast Japan famous for rice, Inakadate, was struggling with aging and declining population along with a drop in rice sales, since Japanese eating habits have shifted away from rice toward a more Westernised food. Nevertheless, the village’s main income source remains rice. So we tried to re-energize the village by creating a fusion of agriculture and digital technology.

We created huge art pictures in our rice field by planting different colors of rice. We then developed a new technology called “rice-code,” which let visitors scan the rice art with their phones like a QR code and purchase the rice. “Rice-code” transformed a scene that people naturally want to photograph into a brand-new selling place.

The project successfully attracted 251,320 visitors, about 30 times the population of the village, and sales jumped dramatically. Also, the homepage access of the village increased 8 times more than in usual times. “Rice-code” met both consumer and client needs, recognizing that rice was too heavy for the visitors to bring back home for a souvenir, but that the village also wanted to sell rice to revitalize the village. This whole movement even moved the government to build a special train station for the visitors. Ground, man’s most primitive outdoor media, became the newest. 

?cultural context details
?Japan's main food is rice, and more than half of cultivated field in Japan is rice-filled, although consumption of rice is declining year by year. Moreover, rice-producing districts are struggling with an aging and declining population.
?The Japanese consumer uses QR-code daily for coupons or advertising campaigns, etc., so the QR-code is a familiar technology for them.