People in the city of Soka, Saitama Prefecture, created the world’s biggest mosaic made of senbei (rice crackers) on Sept. 30.
The world record attempt began in a gymnasium on Sept. 29. About 200 residents of the city took part. They used 24,000 senbei to make a 13-meter-long, 9-meter-wide mosaic replica of the Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci.
There were seven different flavors of senbei, including soy sauce, matcha and sugar. The senbei are a Soka specialty.
The final pieces were placed on Sept. 30 by the mayor of Soka and others. Officials from Guinness World Records announced the Leonardo replica was a world record. Everyone applauded.
“It was fun,” said 7-year-old Mei Hamano, who took part with her family. “It’s amazing that you can recreate a painting with senbei.”
The replica was immediately dismantled and the senbei were given away as free gifts. (Kyodo)