Halloween fair ☆ 2020

Halloween is predominantly cerebrated in the English-speaking countries. Especially in Ireland, the beginning place of Halloween, the last Monday of October is set as a holiday, and the custom of celebrating Halloween remains in the purest way.

In Japan, the Kiddy Land, the famous toy store in Harajuku, Tokyo began to sell Halloween-related products in the 1970s. And the “Hello Halloween Pumpkin Parade in Harajuku”, which the Kiddy Land planned for sales promotion in 1983, is said to be the first Halloween event in Japan, and at that time about 100 participants dressed themselves in Halloween costumes.

It became widely known in Japan because Tokyo Disneyland cerebrated Halloween in 1997 and Universal Studios Japan also held it in 2002.


Assortment:Pumpkin, Solanum mammosum,
Miscanthus sinensi, Panicum virgatum, Celosia argentea, etc.

We introduce Halloween-associating pumpkins, berries and flowers coloring fruitful autumn. You can find the wide assortment of pumpkins with different colors, shapes and sizes from palm-size to holding-in-arms-size.

Halloween on October 31st becomes one of the biggest autumn event in Japan.

Although we cannot meet up and hold a big party this year , I hope that you can enjoy your Halloween day at home.

You can enjoy decorating a big pumpkin at home, scattering palm-size pumpkins with seasonal flowers on a table, making a jack-o-lantern with your child, and so on.

This year, we propose ideas of decoration in black and orange as main colors that remind us of witches, together with dried native flowers, and vases decorated with black lace and ribbons in a Gothic & Lolita fashion.

✼✼✼Variety introduction ✼✼✼

Mini pumpkin
Kitasorachi regional union

Kitasorachi regional union

Fruits Mix
Kitasorachi regional union

Rouge Vif d’Etampes
Kitasorachi regional union

Autumn orange
Kitasorachi regional union

Fruits Mix
JA Takikawa Ashibetsu

Recommended flowers and berries for Halloween

Solanum mammosum
JA Awa Toyofusa

Chestnut fruit
Isobe Teruko

Gomphocarpus physocarpus
JA Minami Shinsyu

Miscanthus sinensis
Isobe Teruko

Celosia cristata “Sekka” (petrified)
Ono Shigeo

Capsicum annuum “Conical black”
JA Minami Shinsyuu

Capsicum annuum “Conical green”
JA Minami Shinsyu

Iris domestica
JA Minami Shinsyu

Celosia argentea “Roseberry parfait”
JA Minami Shinsyu

It gives an atmosphere by bundling dried native flowers in swags!

Let’s enjoy Halloween with gratitude for the autumn harvest ♪


Translated by R.Kato

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

Gentiana from JA Nasuno










Today we would like to offer Gentiana from JA Nasuno in Tochigi-prefecture.

We started to receive their shipment about a week later than the average year, but their Gentiana in this season is splendid. Although there are ten growers of Gentiana in JA Nasuno, we have been receiving only from three of them. Still, the amount of shipment will be increased by the end of this month.

The main variety is “Ruri Otome,” which is originally bred in Tochigi, and with those originally bred in Nasu including “Nasu no Aozora,” and other color types, they have about fifteen varieties planted. We recommend their excellent grade of Gentiana that has 80cm height and five layers of flower buds with vivid color. Please give it a try on this opportunity!

Additionally, in the same JA area, items like Spray Mum, Rose, Astilbe and Veronica are increasingly available so please consider using them too.











Origanal article written by Mr. Mieda, translated by Yamamoto

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