Tag - flowers



The 2024 cherry blossom forecast released Thursday
Feb 15, 2024
Cherry blossoms expected to bloom in Tokyo on March 17
The earlier-than-usual blossoming is attributed to higher than average temperatures across the country over the past few months, particularly this month.
Dendrobium orchids — highly sought after due to their use in traditional Chinese medicine — growing in the wild in Nepal.
Oct 8, 2023
The orchid obsession: How science and smuggling meet in a global trade
Love of the flowers has a dark side, with the desire for rare varieties underpinning a robust illegal trade believed to have wiped out entire species.
Japan Times
LIFE / Longform
May 29, 2023
In a Japanese garden, you’re never under the weather
As the rainy season approaches, the excess water is set to bring life to green spaces across the nation.
Japan Times
Mar 19, 2023
'The Flowers of Buffoonery': Osamu Dazai's unexpected portrait of camaraderie
The novel adds new texture to the author's classic 'No Longer Human,' while bringing levity to a somewhat dire thesis: The world is full of inauthenticity.
Japan Times
Mar 13, 2023
Osamu Dazai gets silly while facing fears in 'The Flowers of Buffoonery'
Translator Sam Bett brings out the fragile personalities in the author's early novella, a predecessor to his modern classic novel “No Longer Human.'
Japan Times
Sep 1, 2022
'A Hundred Flowers': A sumptuous drama of forgiving and forgetting
Genki Kawamura's debut feature about a strained mother-son relationship is a richly cinematic experience.
Japan Times
Oct 21, 2021
‘Skeleton Flowers’: A quiet drama of honesty and growth
In Rikiya Imaizumi's latest film, newcomer Sara Shida gives a centered performance as an artsy teen coming to terms with her father's new relationship and her mother's reappearance.
Japan Times
May 13, 2021
Fukushima flower growers hope to make Tokyo Olympics bloom
The town of Namie is hoping to shake off its image as a place forever linked to disaster.
Japan Times
May 6, 2020
Virus-related closure at Fukushima school brings forth blooms
Teachers and other staff at a Fukushima Prefecture junior high school temporarily closed by the coronavirus pandemic got a surprise when they noticed a sports field that is normally bustling with students has become carpeted with pink flowers.
Japan Times
Mar 11, 2020
Japan's florists promote 'flower power' for homes as virus spoils party
March, which marks the end of the academic and business year in Japan, is usually one of the busiest periods for the flower industry, with surges in demand for graduation ceremonies at schools, send-off parties and weddings.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / Kateigaho International Japan Edition
Feb 15, 2020
The joys of spring: Treasures from the Sogetsu Collection
The Sogetsu school of ikebana encourages a more liberated approach to the Japanese art of flower arranging. Akane Teshigahara, the fourth head of the school, matches selected items from the Spogetsu Collection with arrangements celebrating spring.
Japan Times
Oct 9, 2019
Hothouse Flowers: Enjoying the freedom that comes after the fame
Liam O Maonlai, frontman of Irish rock band Hothouse Flowers, says he feels more freedom now that his band's commercial peak has passed, and that he can better explore music as a result
Japan Times
Sep 25, 2019
'The Flowers of Evil': Overacted, overblown and odd
Noboru Iguchi takes a manga-like approach to his latest film, which tells the story of a teenage boy's relationships with a handful of very different girls
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Mar 23, 2019
Flower power: A Tokyo florist's decision to close his shop amid a shrinking market affects a wider community
It's 2:30 a.m. and dark outside. Tsuyoshi Hirasawa can see his breath in the February chill as he turns the key in the ignition of his white Honda minivan. The large hands gripping the steering wheel are rough and leathery from years of working with water, soil and the stems and branches of plants he sells for a living.
Japan Times
Mar 16, 2019
Culture bred in the midst of famine and war
'We may even be tempted to conclude that no man in the history of Japan had a greater influence on the formation of Japanese taste,' wrote Japanologist Donald Keene. But still, he continues, 'Yoshimasa may have been the worst shogun ever to rule Japan.'
Japan Times
Jan 2, 2019
Italy's Uffizi demands return of Nazi-looted painting, refuses to pay intermediaries
Italy's Uffizi Galleries called on Germany on Tuesday to return a still-life painting by the Dutch master Jan van Huysum, which was looted by retreating Nazi troops in World War II.
Japan Times
Dec 30, 2018
Edible flower family adding color to Japan's culinary arts
Katokaen, a flower farm in the suburbs of Tokyo, has built a thriving business by producing blooms that are not only pretty but are also enriching the culinary arts with colorful petals as crisp as lettuce or as sweet and sour as berries.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional voices: Chubu
Jun 25, 2018
Aichi team develops self-driving robots to tackle labor shortage in farming
Amid a severe shortage of manpower, a team comprised of researchers from private companies and a university in Aichi Prefecture is working on developing a self-driving robot that uses cutting-edge technology to support flower-growing farmers.
Aug 12, 2017
On the wrong scent
'Mom, this flower doesn't smell.'
Japan Times
Jul 14, 2017
Japan's fondness for Christmas bush means blooming exports for Aussie florists
It took flower grower Paul Dalley almost seven years before he found the perfect Australian native for the Japanese flower market, but once he did he never looked back.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on