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By on December 6, 2006, with 41 Comments

Unbelievable! Check this out – open the picture below in full size, and you won’t believe that the image is actually still jpg! I posted many “animation” illusions to this site, but this one has the strongest effect I have ever seen! This optical illusion is one of the newest creations of Akiyoshi Kitaoka, master in creating visual art. Similar effects can be seen in floating letters, moving beans, floating blocks, spinning discs, wormhole … and many, many others. But none of them was so delusive. The only one I may compare to Floating Rice is moving snakes illusion. Check them out, and post your thoughts!

Floating Rice


41 Responses
  1. eshita says:

    WOW! Is this animation or our eyes make it appear like this?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I feel sick now!!

  3. Lynn says:

    It is a still picture. If you find a certain spot near the middle vertically and about 1/4 of the length width wise, the entire picture becomes totally still.

    Nice one!

  4. Samu says:

    oh boy this is cool :-D

  5. Anonymous says:

    You can really enhance the effect by looking at each of the four corners of the rectangle one right after the other. Simply trace your eyes around the picture.

  6. Blah! says:

    Wow, what an unusual illusion! It warps as your eyes move around! Ouch, my eyes hurt now.

  7. Tori says:

    It looks like it has crashing waves (like the sea). My eyes are tired now…

  8. Anonymous says:

    I’m so sorry, but your spelling is somewhat bad and it makes me crazy…

    Wonderful is spelled with just one L, please don’t type “wonderfull” again. That makes me so uncomfortable…

    Reading the archive made my brain hurt because of the spelling and grammar errors.

    I am sorry if I seem to be rude. English is not my first language, but it still bugs me..

    Thanks for this interesting website!


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  10. R2K says:

    I feel blind

  11. Anonymous says:

    where is the forum section of this site

  12. chick says:

    Funky!! I like it. My eyes feel very dry after looking at it though. Huh.

  13. me says:

    this isnt new, its one of the oldest ones out there.

  14. Romi says:

    Awsome… I’d like to paint a wall like that :oP

  15. Anonymous says:

    this is no still image, I’m not sure where the movement is exactly but if you print it out the effect is gone, it’s not even there if you illuminate the print out. my guess is the movement is VERY subtle and the refreshing of the pixels cause the movement effect.

  16. Anonymous says:

    That’s so amazing, I still don’t get it, isit animated? I feel blind

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  18. Anonymous says:

    This is one of the best illusions i’ve seen on this site

  19. I ♥ mUSIC says:


  20. cat_princess says:

    Like the 2nd Comment that makes me feel sea sick :S

  21. cat_princess says:

    when u enlarge it, look in the middle, everthing goes still apart from the corners.. I still fell sick +o(

  22. Anonymous says:

    this is great. but if u stare and dont move your eyes at the photo or any other part of your computer screen, it will totally stop moving. anyway, I have to agree though, this photo has the strongest effect I’ve ever seen. nice one!

  23. Megan says:


  24. Shauzia says:

    ehmagawd! Its not an photoshop trick or a fake animation b/c is you cross your eyes slightly, the whole oic freezes, and if you cover it partially, the illusion slows!

  25. Anonymous says:

    reminds of this time i put a small square of paper on my tounge

  26. Anonymous says:

    hey, did you know that if you scroll up and down real fast, it looks like they are all spinning!

  27. mozzieringtoneislame says:

    these rice grains are so sneaky! they only stay still when i look right at them and when i look away a bit they’re off again. Like naughty little kids or something.

  28. Grammer Basher says:

    Wow,this illusion is crazy! I wonder what other normal day things my brain is tricking me on!!

    ..Anonymous – Get a grip the world won’t end over a spelling mistake! You clearly need to get out more!

  29. Detective Kitty says:

    this is indeed one of the clearest of all of the illusions in this category…

  30. person says:

    Omg this whole thing is crazy moving beans that is so cool!!!!

  31. Waggers says:

    rly wrd


  33. ted says:

    I like the way these illusions move and I have seen many of them but I don’t like the way they make my eyes feel sort of unwell. I was actually wondering if they are bad for my eyes because they are uncomfortable.

  34. Leigh says:

    if I concentrate focus on any one part it stops then starts as soon as the focus is moved

  35. cindy says:

    thts kewl but messes wit my eyes i lik it but i dnt lik it ugh the confusion ?_?

  36. cheeze says:

    when u scroll down u CAN see the rice MOVING IN CIRCLES it pretty cool

  37. SHUT UP OH GEEZ says:

    Since when is rice PURPLE!?!?!?!

  38. o.i.e. says:

    yea once i changed the color of the beans so it looked like this!

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