Sunflowers in full bloom in Haebaru

Sunflowers in full bloom in Haebaru

July 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

About 25,000 sunflowers now as high as two meters are in full bloom in a 1,980 square-meter field in Miyahira, Haebaru. Local resident Shinsuke Arakaki owns the field.

Haebaru Town and the Town Tourist Association celebrated the sunflowers on July 10, but the flowers will still be at their best until about July 20.

Deputy mayor Shinsho Kuniyoshi, 119 pupils of Haebaru Elementary School and the mascot character for the town, Haerun, enjoyed walking around the field.
Arakaki grows the sunflowers as green manure for his pumpkin field.

The Haebaru Agricultural Youth Club and the school’s pupils helped Arakaki to plant seeds this May.

Nine-year-old Yuka Tou said, “I learned from Mr. Arakaki that he grows sunflowers to help prepare the soil for growing pumpkins.” Arakaki said, “I am glad that the children enjoyed themselves.”

Contact Haebaru Tourist Association at 098 (851) 7273 for more details.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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