4. Fujin and Raijin

Prior to planting the rice in May, a series of local meetings determine which images will grace the fields in a given summer. In 2006, Inakadate decided their two main fields would be dedicated to Fujin (left) and Raijin (right), the Shinto and mythological gods of lightning and thunder, respectively. Versions of these characters have appeared in several video games, including Street Fighter, Warcraft III and Final Fantasy. (Photo: thisblogrules)