Single bloom Lisianthus
When it comes to the blooming season of the Balloon flower, I always think of Lady Garasha .

The Balloon flower, which is known as one of the seven flowers of fall, is a very old-fashioned flower with beautiful purple, star-shaped petals. When displayed in a vase, its beauty and splendor far surpass that of other Japanese flowers.

Balloon Flower

Apropos of the Balloon flower, it reminds me of the “Kikyo-mon” Balloon flower family crest. The Balloon flower family crest is widely known as the crest of the Sengoku warlord Akechi Mitsuhide. Also, it is said that the rosary owned by Hosokawa Garasha, the daughter of Mitsuhide who was a Christian, had the crest.

Hosokawa Garasha has a strong image with white lilies such as the Madonna lily, but it also has the image of an elegant Balloon flower from the impression of the rosary and the Hosokawa Balloon flower crest.

The flower language of the Madonna lily is “A clean Heart” and the flower language of the purple Balloon flower is “Graceful”, Garasha may have been a woman with that kind of association.

By the way, among the Lisianthus displayed in the central passage of the OTA market last time, there were some single varieties with less petals.

Compared to general Lisianthus, Cecil has a single bloom, so at first glance, it looks like it lacks volume, but the beauty of the single flower is comparable to the Japanese Balloon flower, which is one of the seven flowers of fall.

                  Cecil Blue                    Cecil Pink

Furthermore, it seems that the shape of the Cecil petals is more like a “Kikyo-mon” than a Balloon flower in Japan.
When it comes to Lisianthus, it has the image of gorgeous Western flowers, but the single bloom varieties including Cecil have an old-fashioned aspect like the Japanese Balloon flower. The greatness of these flowers stands out when displayed in an alcove in a Japanese style room or in a Japanese-style inn.

The single bloom Lisianthus vaguely resembles Lady Garasha’s atmosphere.
On a quiet night when only the sound of an insect resonates, why don’t you try to feel flowers, like Lady Garasha, close to you by layering its graceful appearance with the pure heart of the White lily?

Written by Masaya Murata
Edited by M. Takahina

Joint exhibition of main growing areas for Curcuma

Main growing areas for Curcuma
Fukuoka Prefecture :JA Itoshima
Shizuoka Prefecture : JA Topia Hamamatsu, JA Kakegawa City
Aichi Prefecture : JA Toyohashi, JA Aichi Chuo
Kagoshima Prefecture : JA Minami Satsuma Kawabe, Okinoerabu Flower Cooperative
Miyazaki Prefecture : Nagatomo Risa Sun Green

The main growing areas of Curcuma have jointly held an exhibition.

During the exhibition, a package with recommended variety was sold. Growers are able to supply them for during August Obon period, a traditional Japanese event that enshrines the spirits of ancestors, and from mid-September to October. ♫♩♪

❤ Pink, white, and red-purple parts that look like petals are bracts, and the petals are the small petals inside these bracts!
Curcuma has a unique and cute shape, and it withstands high temperatures and high humidity, and can be viewed for a long day, so it is highly evaluated in Japan during the summer!
Please enjoy ♪

The displayed variety of each growing area introduced is as follows ☟☟☟
❤JA Itoshima

  • 200713C190salmon pink
  • 200713C192Pearl white
  • 200713C194ribbon
  • 200713C196Pearl pink
  • 200713C198white271


  • 200713C200Puding Princess
  • 200713C202verde bianco
  • 200713C204sholom
  • 200713C206Brownie
  • 200713C208aroma


  • 200713C210Green
  • 200713C212UBRose Pink
  • 200713C214Siam Silk
  • 200713C216Emerald Pagoda
  • 200713C218Ice Junior


  • 200713C220Old Rose
  • 200713C222Chocolate Red
  • 200713C224Premie L’amour
  • 200713C226Di Amorosa
  • 200713C228Red Dragon


  • 200713C230Cloudy
  • 200713C232Pink Candy Cane
  • 200713C234Lebua Pink
  • 200713C236Red2
  • 200713C238Eternal Pink


  • 200713C240Lovely Emerald
  • 200713C242White Mariage
  • 200713C244Milk Pink
  • 200713C246Maiden’s scent
  • 200713C248Rorena Pink


  • 200713C250Bubble


❤JA Topia Hamamatsu

  • 200713C168Rattawan
  • 200713C170Red torch
  • 200713C172Mae Taeng No.1
  • 200713C174Piano white
  • 200713C176White Cup


  • 200713C254Shien
  • 200713C256Puding Red
  • 200713C258Candy Keen
  • 200713C260Emerald Pagoda
  • 200713C262Pink thunder


  • 200713C264Bangkok Supreme
  • 200713C266Yuki
  • 200713C268Puding masterpiece


❤JA Kakegawa City

  • 200713C178Chiang Mai Snow
  • 200713C180Puding masterpiece
  • 200713C182Shien
  • 200713C184Cherry Princes Dane
  • 200713C186Puding Princess


  • 200713C188Shalom


❤JA Toyohashi

  • 200713C154Emerald Choco Zebra


❤JA Aichi Chuo

  • 200713C136Summer White
  • 200713C140Choco Zebra(Z Choco)
  • 200713C142White love
  • 200713C144Mae Taeng NO.1
  • 200713C146Mont Blanc


  • 200713C148Shalom
  • 200713C150Mae Taeng NO.2


❤JA Minami Satsuma Kawabe

  • 200713C122Pudin red
  • 200713C124Shalom
  • 200713C126Fairy pink
  • 200713C128Reiwa Red
  • 200713C130イライザー


  • 200713C132Reiwa Pink
  • 200713C134Chiang Mai White
  • 200713C138Ruby tulip


❤Okinoerabu Flower Cooperative

  • 200713C104Lovely emerald
  • 200713C106Eternal
  • 200713C108Big Red
  • 200713C110Old Rose
  • 200713C112Green Ice


  • 200713C114Chocolate Red
  • 200713C116White Neo
  • 200713C118Green Ice
  • 200713C120Lovely emerald


❤Risa Nagatomo Sun Green

  • 200713C158Emerald choco zebra
  • 200713C160Mae Taeng NO.1
  • 200713C156Chiang Rai Snow
  • 200713C162Lotus pink
  • 200713C164Shien


  • 200713C166Red torch

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

Translated by Y.Fuchu

Gloriosa “Caprice Rosé” from JA Misato

Today we would like to introduce Gloriosa Lily “Caprice Rosé” from JA Misato in Kochi-city.

This Caprice Rosé means whimsical pink in French, as its color changes gradually from white to pink. It is a unique variety that took over a decade to be bred.

The supply of this variety was very little because of its difficulty in growing like it grows easily too long, but from this year there will be more and stable shipments of this as the number of planted bulbs is increased.

Although the world has got tense by COVID-19, the breeder of this variety, Mr. Nakajima (who once worked for OTA) supplies us with confidence, so please kindly make good use of this special item.

Original article written by Mr. Takagi,
Translated and edited by S. Yamamoto

Snowball from JA Topia-Hamamatsu

Today we would like to offer Snowball (Viburnum opulus) that have been supplied from the distribution center of JA Topia-Hamamatsu in Shizuoka prefecture.

We have been receiving Snowball from Shizuoka since the middle of March, as their growth is on the right track also in this year. Snowball from JA Topia-Hamamatsu is easy-to-use because it has a long stem and a good volume with a wide range of specifications in a different number of flowers.

So far we have been receiving only those grown in a greenhouse, but after the middle of this month, outdoor-grown Snowball will be shipped to us. Plus, since the season for Snowball comes earlier due to the warm climate this year, there will be other shipments from the cold and highland areas like Nagano prefecture and Yamagata prefecture, starting from around the end of April.

From now on, as the production area will be relayed from west to east, the amount of supply will be bigger until the beginning to the middle of May. So please consider getting Snowball.

Original article written by Mr. Ishizuka,

Translated by S. Yamamoto

Relay Freshness



Host: MPS Japan Co.,Ltd
Grower: Mr. Aoyagi Toshiharu, JA Shin-Hakodate/Tsukigata, Hokkaido

             JA Tozai-Shirakawa, Fukushima-prefecture

             Mr. Oki shinichi, JA Agatsuma, Gunma-prefecture

             Yamaki flower garden, Chiba-prefecture

             Hamamatsu PC GERBERA, Shizuoka-prefecture

             JA Himawari, Aichi-prefecture

Items: Dianthus caryophyllus (Spray), Alstroemeria, Eustoma grandiflorum, Dahlia, Rosa, Helianthus annuus, Gerbera, Gentiana, Ammi majus


We displayed the flowers from growers that satisfied the criteria for Relay Freshnes.


What is Relay Freshness?
It is a certificate system that evaluates measures for extending vase-lives of flowers. It lays down the quality control criteria and certifies high quality when the criteria are satisfied.
Even if a grower makes flowers of great quality, it is not possible to “relay” the great flowers to customers without the appropriate control in supply chains like at a wholesale market or a shop.
By this reason, the entire flower industry aims to enhance awareness of extension of flower vase-lives.

  • 190902C319
  • 190902C317

↓These are the labels of each section.

  • farm

    Farm section

  • market

    Market section

  • shop

    Shop/Retail section

✤Points to be evaluated at retailers
In order to evaluated whether flowers are treated in a clean environment, and their quality is appropriately controlled, the following points are checked.
➀Shop ➁Water rinsing ➂Container ➃Workplace ➄Storage ➅Spending days ➆Condition of transport ➇Customer service

The followings are the examples of each criteria.

Please find the details on MPS Japan website.

✤Displayed Items

  • 190902C302

    JA Shin-Hakodate
    Dianthus caryophyllus (Spray)

  • 190902C305

    JA Himawari

  • 190902C307

    Tsukigata Mr. Aoyagi Toshiharu
    Ammi majus

  • 190902C308

    JA Agatsuma Mr. Oki Shinji

  • 190902C313

    Yamaki flower garden
    Helianthus annuus


  • 190902C311

    JA Tozai-Shirakawa

  • 190902C301

    Hamamatsu PC GERBERA

Translated by S. Yamamoto