Coming new era “Reiwa”

On Monday, the Japanese government revealed that the name of Japan’s new era starting on May 1st will be “Reiwa (令和).”

This name is cited from the poetry in “Man’yoshu“, which is the oldest existing edited collection of Japanese poetry and this particular poetry brings up plum blossoms saying:
“Shojun wa Rei-getsu nishite, ki yoku kaze *yawaragi, “ume (plum) no hana (blossom)“, wa kyozen no ko wo hiraki ran wa haigo no ko wo kaorasu.”
*the Kanji character of “yawaragi” reads “wa” in another way.

The meaning of this poetry is, “In the refreshing wind which softly breezes in the harmonious month at the beginning of spring, plum blossoms are beautifully blooming as if a beautiful woman is putting a face powder on in front of a mirror, while the feast is surrounded with the fragrance like a scent bag that noble people put on.”

Our prime minister Shinzo Abe, has talked about the meaning behind this word for the coming new era:
“Just as plum blossoms that bloom brilliantly as a sign of spring, everyone can bloom with a hope for tomorrow. That’s what we wish for Japan to be, and that’s why we have chosen this word.”

He also appeared on the NHK evening news on Monday, when he explained the importance of Japanese traditions and spirit along with Japanese blossoms and culture.

 

Plum blossoms, which appeared in the poetry from which “Reiwa” is cited, have the most wonderful scent among all kinds of Rosaceae family plants including fruits, cherry blossoms, apples, pears and even almonds. This is one of the first scent that tells people “Spring is coming.”

Regarding the scent bag which also appeared in this poetry, it is a bag stuffed with Santalum album or Eupatorium japonicum. Even since 7~8C, these kinds of plants have been attracting people in this country.

 

The “Man’yoshu” includes not only Eupatorium japonicum, but also Japan’s seven flowers of spring such as Dianthus and Patrinia scabiosifolia. This shows the culture of enjoying flowers to compose a poetry originates from this collection.

Now, the flower industry is going towards the big annual event, Mother’s Day, when Dianthus like Carnation gets so popular. There may be some opportunities to advertise Dianthus with this new era’s meaning.

After the announcement of the new era’s name, a lot of “Reiwa” phenomena have been seen such as the special edition of newspapers is selling at a high price, or the made up character “Reiwa-chan” has been viral on twitter.

It is needless to say that “Man’yoshu” has suddenly got so popular that many are being sold out, but we hope flowers in that collection also attract people’s attention and hence Japan will be cheered up by beautiful flowers with a lot of flower lovers.

 

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Original article written by Mr. Murata,
Translated by S. Yamamoto

Flowers from Oita

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Promoter: JA ZEN-NOH OITA

Grower:
Cooperatives of JA Oita Bungo-ono, JA Oita Bungo-takada, JA Oita Saiki-honan-ume, JA Oita Nambu-saiki, JA Oita Tobu-yamaga, JA Oita Tobu-kitsuki, JA Oita Hohi-taketa, JA Kusu-kokonoe (Lisianthus), and JA Kusu-kokonoe (Marchen Rose)

Item:
Lathyrus odoratus (Sweet Pea), Chrysanthemum, Eustoma grandiflorum (Lisianthus), Rosa, Ranunculus, Gypsophila, Limonium HB

 

We displayed the flowers acknowledged as “The Oita”

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Oita prefecture is blessed with amazing nature. The altitude varies from 0 meters to 1,000 meters depending on the area, that is why unique high-quality flowers are grown throughout a year in each climate.

 

-Sweet Pea-

【Growers】
BUNGO-ONO = JA Oita Bungo-Ono
SAIKI-HONAN = JA Oita Saiki-honan-ume
BUNGO-TAKADA = JA Oita Bungo-takada

  • 190218C174Royal Crimson
    BUNGO-ONO
  • 190218C176Scarlet
    SAIKI-HONAN
  • 190218C178Blue Engel
    BUNGO-ONO
  • 190218C180Neo Grace
    SAIKI-HONAN
  • 190218C182Lavender
    BUNGO-TAKADA

 

  • 190218C184Fujika
    SAIKI-HONAN
  • 190218C186Catherine
    BUNGO-ONO
  • 190218C188Diana
    BUNGO-ONO
  • 190218C190Salmon Pink
    BUNGO-TAKADA
  • 190218C192Little Princes
    BUNGO-ONO

 

  • 190218C194Diana
    BUNGO-TAKADA
  • 190218C196Fairly Pink
    SAIKI-HONAN
  • 190218C198Crystal White
    BUNGO-ONO
  • 190218C200First Lady
    SAIKI-HONAN
  • 190218C202Stella
    BUNGO-ONO

 

  • 190218C204Light Brown
    SAIKI-HONAN
  • 190218C206Brown
    SAIKI-HONAN
  • 190218C208Heart Orange
    BUNGO-TAKADA
  • 190218C210Orange
    BUNGO-ONO
  • 190218C212Orange
    BUNGO-TAKADA

 

  • 190218C214Yellow
    BUNGO-TAKADA
  • 190218C216Yellow
    BUNGO-ONO
  • 190218C218Maccha
    SAIKI-HONAN
  • 190218C220Fresh Apple
    BUNGO-TAKADA
  • 190218C222Soft Blue
    SAIKI-HONAN

 

  • 190218C224Bordeaux
    SAIKI-HONAN
  • 190218C226Milky
    BUNGO-TAKADA
  • 190218C228Heart
    BUNGO-TAKADA
  • 190218C230Kiss Me
    SAIKI-HONAN
  • 190218C232Madonna
    SAIKI-HONAN

 

  • 190218C234Momoko
    BUNGO-ONO
  • 190218C236Sakura
    BUNGO-ONO
  • 190218C238Grace
    BUNGO-ONO
  • 190218C240Celeste
    BUNGO-ONO
  • 190218C242Monet
    SAIKI-HONAN

 

  • 190218C244Fujika
    BUNGO-TAKADA
  • 190218C246Antique
    BUNGO-TAKADA
  • 190218C248Dark Blue
    BUNGO-TAKADA
  • 190218C250Murasaki Shibori
    SAIKI-HONAN
  • 190218C252Navy
    BUNGO-ONO

 

  • 190218C254Navy Blue
    SAIKI-HONAN
  • 190218C256Royal Queen
    BUNGO-TAKADA
  • 190218C258Mulberry
    BUNGO-TAKADA

 

-Ranunculus ✤ JA Oita Tobu-yamaga-

  • 190218C114Mango
    (Trial, Provisional name)
  • 190218C116Orange
    (Trial, Provisional name)
  • 190218C118Dione
  • 190218C120Ninos
  • 190218C122Beige
    (Trial, Provisional name)

 

  • 190218C124Kasumi
    (Trial, Provisional name)
  • 190218C126Castalia
  • 190218C128Pasteria
  • 190218C130Tiva
  • 190218C132Dodona

 

  • 190218C134Musa
  • 190218C136Elice
  • 190218C138Aura
  • 190218C140Ariadne
  • 190218C142White Lithai
    (Trial, Provisional name)

 

  • 190218C144Semiramis
  • 190218C146Lithai
  • 190218C148Lemon
    (Trial, Provisional name)
  • 190218C152Satyros

 

Lisianthus-

  • 190218C110Voyage Blue
    JA Kusu-kokonoe
  • 190218C112Celeb Orchid
    JA Kusu-kokonoe
  • 190218C154Celeb Yellow
    JA Oita Hohi-taketa
  • 190218C156Amore White
    JA Oita Hohi-taketa
  • 190218C158Bon Voyage White
    JA Oita Hohi-taketa

 

-Rosa ✤ Marchen Rose-

  • 190218C162Sans Adieu!
  • 190218C164M-Vintage Sweets
  • 190218C166Pink Smoothie!
  • 190218C168M-Bridal Red
  • 190218C170M-Gretel

 

-Others-

  • 190218C160 Limonium HB
    Blue Wave
    JA Oita Tobu-kitsuki
  • 190218C172Gyosophila
    Altair
    JA Oita Tobu-kitsuki
  • 190218C100Chrysanthemum (White)
    Jimba
    JA Oita Nambu-saiki
  • 190218C102Chrysanthemum (Yellow)
    Seiko Kogyoku
    JA Oita Nambu-saiki

 

Chrysal professional 2 is given to the water of displayed items.

 

Translated by S. Yamamoto

A scent like Sakura tells us Fall is on the way

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  • 170925S158Thoroughwort White

 

Thoroughwort, one of the “Japan’s seven flowers of fall (see below)”, has been arriving at OTA flower market since last month.
Although it may not be a gorgeous flower, Thoroughwort is worth feasting your eyes on by its beautiful serrated leaves in rich green, and the reddish-brown stems, with the entire upward shape.

Thoroughwort can be fully enjoyed by itself in a vase, though it is also well-known for its excellent scent that is reminiscent of an old cherry blossom. You can enjoy Thoroughwort therefore both as a fresh cut flower and as a dried flower.

Speaking of the scents of Cherry blossom or Sakura, they actually can be categorized into two types: One is the fruity scent like berries, peaches, or cherries. The other is the similar scent to “Sakura-mochi”, a Japanese sweet which is a red rice cake wrapped in a salt-pickled Oshima-sakura’s leaf. (This leaf gives off the Sakura fragrance.)
Dried Thoroughwort gives off this scent just as blooming cherry blossoms from an ancient city. In fact, this scent is said to have been loved by Japanese people since the Heian period (about 1,000 years ago).
If you dry Thoroughwort from late August until early September, you can enjoy the wonderful scent of Sakura throughout the fall season.

There are some signs that dried flowers will be trending among young females and many flower shops are now selling dried flowers in Japan.

In the herb family, there are some species pretty suitable to be dried or potpourri, which brings you a scent just like Thoroughwort.

Why not keep your eyes on the new trend of dried flowers?

 

Japan’s seven flowers of fall

Bush clover
(Japanese clovers)

Japanese pampas grass

Kudzu
(Japanese arrowroot)

Pink dianthus

Golden lace
(Patrinia scabiosifolia)

Thoroughwort

Balloon flower

 

 

These flowers are the representative of the fall season. Their names firstly appeared in the Man’yoshu, the oldest existing edited collection of Japanese poetry.

Original article written by Mr. Masaya Murata

“Gentian”, the flower which brings victory

Previously I introduced the color of the Olympics logo and Gentian, today I will introduce the flower languages of Gentian.

Gentian’s flower languages mostly represent justice and victory, thus along with Gladiolus, Gentian is sometimes called “flower of victory” because of its upward flowering shape.

Notes; The reason for Gladiolus is said that the shape of the leaves looks like “Gradius,” which is a dagger used in ancient Rome, representing victory. It is also said that the name of Gladiolus originates from this word.

Gentian is a really suitable flower for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in that it is deep blue-violet, which reminds of the traditional Japanese color (indigo blue), and also is symbolic of “victory.”

At the foreign cemetery in Yokohama, Gentians besides white Lilies and red Roses are often seen to be laid.
Red Rose symbolizes “Love” or “I love you” and Lily is symbolic of “Solemn.” Plus, Gentian’s another flower meaning is “To feel compassion for your sorrow.”
These languages may be the reasons why those flowers are there.

 

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    Rose
  • Siberia
    Lily

  • Gladiolus

 

Original article written by Mr. Murata

The blue flowers that Japan should be proud of

Indigo blue is the selected color for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics logo, and blue is also for the uniform of Japan’s national football team, Japan Blue.
Indigo blue, dark blue and deep blue-violet are now attracting people’s attention worldwide.

At the Morning Glory (“Asagao” in Japanese) festival in Iriya, Tokyo, held at the beginning of July, blue-violet and light blue Morning Glory were selling well just as the brown Morning Glory called “Danjuro-Asagao”. There were also foreigners at the Uguisudani-station near Iriya, who were carrying deep blue-violet Morning Glory that seemed to have been bought at the festival.

  • Morning Glory
  • Morning Glory

 

When someone speaks of blue cut flowers, what would spring to your mind? For me, it is Gentian, truly blue flower. The shipping amount of cut Gentian is at its peak in this month.

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    Gentian
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    Iris

 

  • Platycodon grandiflorus (Balloon flower)

 

Japanese flower industry needs more promotion to overseas.
For example, flower arrangements featuring blue-violet flowers, not just Gentian but Platycodon grandiflorus (Balloon flower), Iris, etc., would evoke a sense of Japanese harmony. Single-flower vases or decorated vases with blue-violet flowers, and great places decorated with these items can be suggested. It may also be nice to use indigo colored ribbon or accessories for Gentian’s vases and arrangements.

Written by Mr. Takashina
Original article written by Mr. Murata