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Various, functional, creative and artistic

Breeding and Production of Quality Flowers and Plants

Japan with a long history of more than 2000 years, is surrounded by water and is consisted of arch-like islands running from the northeast to the southwest. It is blessed by four distinctive seasons, which gave rise to its unique and diverse cultures and traditions. Japan’s flower culture is a good example of such cultures and traditions. There are about 40,000 cultivars of flowers and plants that are commercially produced and marketed in Japan. Among those, approximately 3,000 to 5,000 cultivars are newly introduced to the flowers and plants market, and this number is unbeatable in the world. In addition, the quality of the flowers and plants, and the sophisticated floriculture techniques in Japan are highly evaluated on the international realm. From this perspective, Japan’s productive land and rich flower culture are closely related to one another.

Japan, a beautiful country with flowers and plants

The arch-shaped cymbidium demonstraiting the Japanese creativity and excellent detailed technique.

Japan is the country of origin for the hydrangea.

Advantageous climatic conditions and Japan’s 2000-year history

Blessed with distinctive seasons, Japan’s excellent climatic conditions enable the production of many of its flowers and plants throughout the year. Besides its climatic advantage, the Japanese, as agricultural people, have learned to capture the feeling of the season and to internalize the delicate sensitivity towards the meticulous aspects of nature. In this manner, the creative and artistic nature of the Japanese are originated and cultivated in their sense of beauty towards colors and shapes, and the floricultural techniques and breed development have advanced due to further improvements. As a result, a Variety of breeds are developed and quality flowers and plants are cultivated thanks to the persistent and perfectionist nature of the Japanese, creating an excellent flow for producing excellent products.