Farmer in Minamisoma city cropping greenhouse-grown bellflowers

1 March 2017

Farmer Nobuo Torihara in Minamisoma city, Fukushima Prefecture, has started harvesting colorful flowers shaped like hanging bells, known as campanula or bellflowers, inside a greenhouse. The floral language of the species is “gratitude.”

Torihara, 63, began growing campanula on his farm in the Taka area of the city’s Haramachi district in 2014 under the instruction of the prefectural government in hope of agricultural reconstruction following the 2011 earthquake and ensuing nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi plant.

For about three months since planting in fall, the flowers were subjected to lighting for some two hours during nighttime, quickening them to bloom early and thus enabling their shipment all year round.

The farmer and his wife Kyoko , 58, pick campanula one by one carefully in the greenhouse where white, sky-blue, purple and pink flowers have grown 60 to 80 centimeters long. Harvesting continues until the middle of March for shipment to flower markets in Tokyo through JA Fukushima Mirai, the Japan Agricultural Cooperatives (JA) group’s local chapter.

(Translated by Kyodo News)