JAPAN FLOWER SELECTIONS

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Japan Flower Selections
2018-2019 Fall Competition for Cut Flower

 

Host: Japan Flower Selections Association

✤Japan Flower Selections (JFS) is…
the standardized variety contest in Japan with the concept of “New standards for excellent flowers,” hosted by Japan Flower Selections Association, and it was started in the spring of 2006. Those excellent varieties that truly can be recommended to consumers are selected from among the domestic and overseas new breeds.

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On November 5th, experts in the Japanese floriculture industry like knowledgeable people, distributors, retailers, designers, etc. made fair judgments to choose the excellent varieties.

Here, we will firstly introduce the varieties prized ♔“Best Flower” as well as special prizes, besides the commentaries of those recipients.

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    ZEN
  • 181104C506Chrysanthemum
    White Kagari-petal
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    Sea Anemone

 

Gloriosa ”ZEN”
♔“Life Design” prize
Promoter: Mr. Takashi Fujii
What is unique to this variety?
➀ Its vase life is twice longer than other large-red varieties.
➁ It has numbers of buds and most of them bloom. (Each stem gets 6-8 flowers)
➂ Its stems are so firm that they cannot be bent easily.

Chrysanthemum ”White Kagari-petal “
♔“Breeding” prize, “New Style” prize
Promoter: Aichi Agricultural Research Center, Higashi-Mikawa Branch
This is a rare variety that has pointy petals with serrated edges called Kagari-petal. Since this gives an impression of gorgeous, it can be used for many occasions such as weddings or flower arrangements.

Rose ”Sea Anemone”
♔“Most Joyful” prize, “New Value” prize
Promoter: Keisei Rose Nurseries Inc.
Its large, unique wavy petals make this variety eccentric as well as pretty and beautiful. This variety got her name Sea Anemone by its beautiful appearance which reminds of a colorful Sea Anemone breezing in the tropical sea.

Next, we will introduce all the prize (including special prize) winners!
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Promoter: Asukaen Co.,Ltd.
Item: Celosia cristata (Bombay)

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Asuka Select; “Special Green”
This sleek green gives an impression of fresh. It can be used with any other items, as it adjusts the design up and contributes to the entire harmony.
Asuka Select; “Pink Lady”
This sleek pink is pretty and impressive. It has big glossy waves so it stands out in arrangements uniquely.
Asuka Select; “Pao Pao” ♔“Color Create” prize
This greenish pink catches peoples’ eyes and its wild texture stands out uniquely. This color, which is similar to Hydrangea’s, is useful in that it goes well with other items.

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Promoter: Sumika Agrotech Co.,Ltd.
Item: Lisianthus

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➊ “Celeb Chrystal”
This variety stands out gloriously because its flowers in pure white are bigger than any other types’ and they are full of frills. Its stems are firm and easy to take care of, while all the blooms stay equally on top.
“Celeb grape” ♔Good Performance” prize
Its flowers in reddish lavender with a lot of frills are large and very gorgeous. They have firmer petals compared to other large lavender varieties so that this variety has a longer vase life.

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Promoter: Bara Kobo Patio Rose
Item: Rose

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➊ “Chardonnay”
Its characteristics are: round flower, thick stem, and the vase life is long. Plus, this shape of flower is a new one.
 “Strawberry macaron”
Its vase life is long as its cup shape lasts for a while, and it gets a lot of flowers.

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Promoter: Inochio Seikoen Inc.
Item: Chrysanthemum

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➊ “Sei Comyn Orange”
This can be used in various ways for its middle size and decorative shape. This radiant orange can be appropriate not only in fall but in all seasons.
“Sei Marletta”
Its vivid, rich red petals are layered well to give an impression of chic. As this does not get easily affected by the heat of summer or fall, you can use it for ornaments from fall to winter.
➌ “Sei Rewind Sun” ♔”Japan Design” prize
The name “Rewind” literally means winding back, as its flowers get wound back and change their shapes on the way to bloom, so you can enjoy this for a long time.

 

✤“Flower of the Year” prize will be announced on December 5th!
Among the prized varieties of Japan Flower Selection 2018-2019, the honored “Flower of the Year” prize, “Best Flower” prize, and special prizes will be selected. The ceremony will be held at Yayoi Auditorium (Ichijo-Hal), the University of Tokyo.

Please find the details on their official website.

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

 

Interpreted by S. Yamamoto

Trick or Vincent’s?

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Promoter: Sakata Seed Corporation
Grower: JA Shinsunagawa
Item: Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) “Vincent’s series”
Flower design: Ms. Keiko Ueno, Liberte Inc.

 

Another recommendation for Halloween!!
We displayed the series of “Vincent” by Sakata Seed Co. this year too.

The showcase this year got full of the Halloween arrangements in chic modern black that were made by Ms. Keiko Ueno of Liberte Inc.

“Vincent” was named after the Vincent van Gogh, who put his soul into his works of Sunflower.

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The type of the Vincent for this time was “Vincent (Type 2) Navel”, and its color is warmer among the series. This is why it goes very well with the color of pumpkins so is suitable for decorations in Fall like for Halloween. The cute shape with its multiple round petals is even great for enjoyable Halloween.kabocha

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The flowers of Vincent’s series are also looking up that are definitely handy for bouquet arrangements!!

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Let’s have fun with Helianthus Vincent in Halloween!

 

Translated by S. Yamamoto

Halloween Fair 2018

Grower:
Grower’s Cooperative of Kita-sorachi, JA Awatoyofusa, JA Aagatsuma-Ryugahana, Mr. Shigeo Ohno, Mr. Soichi Shinkai, Miyabi-Kaen
Item:
Pumpkin, Solanum mammosum, Spray mum, Japanese pampas grass, Panicum virgatum, Celosia argentea, Celastrus orbiculatus, etc.

Material supplier: foyer, EcoJelly

 

From September 11th to 28th, we displayed special items for coming Halloween festivals. Not only Pumpkin, which comes the first as a Halloween item, we also displayed other autumnal fruiting branches, and even ornamental materials for creating its ambiance.

Halloween as a fall event, is recently very much popular than ever before in Japan.
It is officially on October 31st as everyone knows, though here in Japan it is celebrated commonly from September!

People here seem to enjoy Halloween in many ways like playing in the costume parades, joining in Halloween festivals held in theme parks, or having a home party with friends.
For such parties, interior goods, cute snacks, or other ornaments to make a good atmosphere are being popular.

So this year, we made a display at our market with the concept of “Glamping de Halloween party.” ☺♫♫♪

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Furthermore, we held our seasonal event “Pumpkin Auction” on September 24th. It was the 22nd time as of this year.
During the Pumpkin Auction, disguising trending people is an annual event so for this year, one of the latest Japanese comedians Hyokkorihan, and the tennis player Naomi Osaka showed up.

Literally at the Pumpkin Auction, various pumpkins were auctioned including the tiny little pumpkins called Omocha-Kabocha that can fit in your hand, and the big pumpkins that are so hard to lift up even for large men.

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You can watch the time-lapse of the Pumpkin Auction on our Instagram.

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Please check it out!

✼✼✼Items offered✼✼✼

-From Grower’s Cooperative of Kita-sorachi 北空知広域連 
✼Omocha-Kabocha<Approx. 10-15 cm in diameter>✼

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  • 180917C342Puccini
  • 180917C338Fruit MIX
  • 180917C336Casperita Custard
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✼Middle – Large <Approx. 20-40 cm in diameter>✼

  • 180917C325Trick
  • 180917C323Bush
  • 180917C319Tonda Padana

 

✼Large <Approx. 25-30 cm in diameter>✼

  • 180917C312Porcelain Doll
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  • 180917C317Autumn Orange
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-Bouffier(white/red label)

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    Left: round-white
    Right: white
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    disk-black
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    white green
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    disk-yellow

 

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    disk-green yellow
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    Left: round-yellow
    Right: round-yellow green
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    oval-green yellow
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    oval-white

 

-Branches, Flowers, and Flowering Plants of fall 

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    Ms. Teruko Isobe
  • 180917C202Solanum mammosum
    JA Awatoyofusa
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    Ryugahana; JA Aagatsuma
  • 180917C211Celastrus orbiculatus
    Mr. Shigeo Ohno
  • 180917C207Celastrus orbiculatus
    Mr. Soichi Shinkai

 

  • 170918C207Panicum virgatum
    Miyabi-Kaen

 

We hope you will enjoy Halloween in your way and be grateful for the good harvest of fall♪♪♪

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Interpreted by S. Yamamoto

Japanese tradition “Obon”

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Obon is one of the important customs in the Japanese summer, which is to pray for the repose of ancestors’ spirits when they are believed to come back home every year.
Have you ever heard about Obon? Let’s check out what it is.

 

✤What is Obon?
Obon’s official name is “Urabon’e.” This originates from the Sanskrit word “Ullambana”, literally means hanging upside down. That sounds scary, though it represents the Buddhist service for saving those who are suffering as if they were hang down, and that turned to be the teaching of caring one’s forefathers, or so called filial piety.

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✤When is Obon?
It used to be held on July 15 in old lunar calendar, as the date is called “Chuugen-setsu.”
After the solar calendar was introduced to Japan in the 19th century, the date of Obon ended up varying from regions to regions. Today they can be divided into three types.

July 15 in solar calendar (New Bon)>>> July 13-15: Tokyo, Yokohama, Shizuoka, etc.
August 15 in solar calendar (Month-delay Bon)>>> August 13-15: Other regions
July 15 in lunar calendar (Old Bon)>>> Around August 20: Okinawa etc.

 

✤Obon’s schedules in this year are…
【New Bon】
・Friday, July 13: Welcoming fire “Mukaebi”(Beginning day of Obon)
・Saturday, July 14: Mid-Day
・Sunday, July 16: Sending fire “Okuribi” (Finishing day of Obon)

【Month-delay Bon】
・Monday, August 13: Welcoming fire “Mukaebi”(Beginning day of Obon)
・Friday, August 14: Mid-Day
・Thursday, August 16: Sending fire “Okuribi” (Finishing day of Obon)

 

What is the welcoming fire “Mukaebi” ?
Firstly,
set up a Shoryo-dana shelf (please see below) to invite the spirits of the dead.
Secondly,
visit a grave bringing paper lanterns. At the grave you pray for the ancestors with a candle and incense sticks. Then you lit the paper lantern using the candle’s light, for bringing it back home.

Thirdly,
when you are back home, get the light from the paper lantern to the Shoryo-dana’s candle and pray with incense sticks.

Finally,
at the entrance of your house, lit up the firewood called “Ogara” for welcoming the spirits of the dead.
※Remember to leave the half of the Ogara for the later sending fire.

 

What is the sending fire “Okuribi”?
Conversely with Mukaebi,
lit up the candle and incense sticks at family’s alter, and get the light to the paper lantern for bringing it to the grave.

At the grave,
get the light from the paper lantern to the candle and pray with incense sticks.

Finally at home,
pray with the incense sticks and lit up the Ogara for sending the spirits of the dead.

This fire of Ogara is a sign for the spirits of the dead to go back to their grave.

 

✤What is Shoryo-dana shelf?
Not only its dates and schedules, the style of arrangement of Obon is also depending on the regions and the Buddhism sects. The typical Shoro-dana shelf is like the picture below.

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✤Plants for Shoryo-dana shelf 
✼Nelumbo Nucifera’s flower
The flower is closely related to Buddhism, thus it is the national flower of India and Sri Lanka. It is considered as the highest grade flower and it is believed to grow in the Buddhist paradise.

✼Nelumbo Nucifera’s leaf
The leaf is used for the plate to put “Mizunoko” (food offering for souls) on,  which symbolizes celebration of the first harvest in the season. In Buddhism it is said that you may reach the Buddha closer if you are carried on the leaf. It is also used for dish offering for souls called “Hasu-meshi” (steamed rice dumpling wrapped in the leaf).

✼Lythrum anceps
L. anceps in Japanese is called Miso-hagi, and this is the combination of ablution (Misogi), which means rinsing off the evils with water, plus Lespedeza (Hagi). You can rinse off evil spirits at the Shoryo-dana shelf or entrance using the L. anceps soaked with pure water.

✼Physalis alkekengi
P. alkekengi in Japanese is Hoozuki and its characters have the meaning of “monster’s light.” The spirits of the dead are believed to gather at the light of paper lantern, that is why P. alkekengi is served as a signpost because of its similar looks to paper lantern.

Every plant served for Obon has its reasons to be used as well as the seasonal reason. When you learn more about these customs and traditions so you can carefully pray for the spirits of our ancestors.

 

by Saori Yamamoto

Seasonable Flowers from JA Minami Shinshu

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Grower: Nagano Growers’ Cooperative of JA Minami Shinshu
Item: Dahlia and other flowering plants
We displayed various seasonable flowers from JA Minami Shinshu in our show case.

✤In Minami Shinshu area,
about 600 members belonging to JA are growing various kinds of flowers at the different heights of land from 400 up to 1500m altitude.
Among those flowers, JA Minami Shinshu has become the largest year-round producer of Dahlia after the first cultivation in 2005.
As a “grower with a good sense of season”, JA Minami Shinshu ships over 200 varieties seasonally including flowering trees, fruiting plants, and other flowers besides Dahlias.

Please take a special look at the flowers from Minami Shinshu all year around.

 

 Dahlia 

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  • 180528S106Aka Boshi
  • 180528S108Nessho
  • 180528S110Garnet
  • 180528S112Asahi Temari
  • 180528S114La La La
  • 180528S116Koi Kingyo
  • 180528S118Micchan
  • 180528S120Moon Waltz
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  • 180528S124Pair Beauty
  • 180528S126Siberia
  • 180528S128Saisetsu

 

 Others 

  • 180528S130Lilac
    Marie Simon
  • 180528S132Oxypetalum
    Pure Blue
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    Baptisia australis
  • 180528S136Astrantia major
    Rome
  • 180528S138Clematis
    Edinburgh
  • 180528S144Delphinium
    SP Platinum Blue
  • 180528S146Delphinium
    SP Grand Blue
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    Stemona japonica
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    Ribes rubrum

 

Interpreted by Ms. Yamamoto