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    Orchid Lovers Gather for Massive Festival in Tokyo


    by NTDTelevision

    The Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival brings orchid lovers from all over the world together.

    Festival organizer, Masayoshi Takahashi, fell in love with orchids when he was just a kid.

    [Masayoshi Takahashi, Organizing Committee, Orchid Festival]:
    "My grandfather had the first orchid shop in my family, and he cultivated orchids. Since 1955 it was my grandfather’s family business, and then my father’s and now mine. I’ve studied orchids since I was little. As a kid, each orchid had a different face, each face was entirely different so it was really interesting."

    There are an enormous amount of orchid varieties. But they can be classified into two different types: terrestrial, which grow on the ground and epiphytes, which grow on trees with flowers that hang down. There are also rare oriental varieties.

    Toshiyuki Ishiko is an orchid expert who travels all over the world searching for unique orchids. He's been to Ecuador and Peru during his search, and wrote a book about his journey. He’s also a member of an orchid lovers group so he can learn more and more about the flowers.

    [Toshiyuki Ishiko, Orchid Expert]:
    "We gather once a month to exchange information on different kinds of flowers and how to grow them. Orchid enthusiasts like to brag, ‘Look, I grew this nice flower.’ And ‘see this one I grew?’ We take pride in how well we can grow orchids. So I joined the orchid lovers group to show off and to share information… basically to improve myself.”

    Ishiko says there are thousands of species of orchids that are well suited for any environment. He says it’s never too late for anybody to brighten up their life with orchids.

    [Toshiyuki Ishiko, Orchid Expert]:
    “When the flower blossoms you feel really happy, I think that’s important. If you are interested in growing orchids, just try first. When you fail several times, you’ll do better next time. Don’t stop because you fail. [...]”

    Liliana Yap, NTD News, Tokyo.