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72 Seasons

Safflower, grown for its edible oil and also for use as a red dye, has been used as a dye since the days of Ancient Egypt. Even in Japan, it is mentioned in the "Man'yoshu" under the name, "suetsumuhana". During this season, the plant begins to produce orange flowers, and as the days pass, the color of the flowers changes to a deep red. Fields full of safflowers are a traditional sign of summer.
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Minister Yamamoto, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Yakura and Mr. Roberto Carvalho de Azevedo, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (May 22, 2017)

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Publication : December 2015