25 years ago, Toshiyuki Kuroki, a dairy farmer in Japan, planted a field of flowers for his wife, Yasuko.

Toshiyuki and Yasuko had been married for 30 years and operated a dairy farm when Yasuko became blind due to diabetes. After becoming blind, Yasuko lost hope in life and spent her days indoors, not talking to people.

Toshiyuki, acknowledging his wife’s struggle, developed an idea. Toshiyuki started planting flowers near the house and eventually replaced his dairy farm with a field of flowers. Though Yasuko could not see the flowers, she could enjoy the smell.

This had a profound impact; Yasuko began to open up. The fragrance of the flowers called her outside and she began interacting with people.

Now, 25 years later, the flowers continue to bloom. Each March and April, 7,000 tourists visit to enjoy the smell and the color of the flowers.

Toshiyuki and Yasuko, now in their 70s and 80s, walk through the field of flowers, a testament of their love.

 

Jowelle M. is a college student interested in sociology, political science, and Spanish. Aside from academics, Jowelle enjoys blogging, reading, music, and spending time with family. She is happiest when she is working with others to improve the community.