A scent like Sakura tells us Fall is on the way

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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

(Japanese arrowroot)

Pink dianthus

Golden lace
(Patrinia scabiosifolia)


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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  • Siberia

  • 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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  • 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

“Alstromeria from JA Sakuasama”


 JA Sakuasama is a growers’ cooperative located in the east part of Nagano Prefecture, the center of Honshu, Japan. The cooperative consists of 3 cities (Omoro City, Saku City and Tōmi City) and 4 towns (Sakuho-machi, Karuizawa-machi, Tateshina-machi, Miyota-machi).

 Bright color and long vase-life are characterized under bracing highland environment with Mt Asama to the north and the Yatsugatake mountains to the south.

Marimba                                                              Energy

Silvan                                                                   Miranda

San Marino                                                          Bridesmaid

Odion                       Massa

Jenova                 Honey Sofia

Gold                      Pam


Ariane                       Pink Tiara



Helleborus Argutifolius

To extend the life of flowers on display, we use Chrysal Professonal 2.

White laceflower with firm stems

White laceflower (alias: bishop’s weed, binomial name: Ammi majus) growing at  Minami Bousou peninsula, located in the south area of Chiba prefecture.

White laceflower is native to the Mediterranean. So, it originally likes warm atmosphere. But when it is too warm, stems grow up so fast that they eventually become weak.

On the other hand, in cold atmosphere, stems grow up slowly, and they become firm. Now is a good season to use White laceflower as a cut flower thanks to its firm stems. But excessive coldness could kill White laceflower, because it doesn’t have cold-tolerance.

Growers of White laceflower must pay a lot of attention to temperature control.

Pictures: White laceflower growing at Chiba prefecture

by Maako Y.