TOKYO, Apr. 15 – At “Hana Biyori,” a flower park in Inagi City, Tokyo, an aerial display of carnations wrapped in balloon-like packaging attracts attention. The display of floating flowers that can last about two weeks without adding is intended to boost the sale of flowers toward this year’s “Mother’s Day” on May 14th. The aerial display will continue until April 19th.
A flower wholesaler at Kasai Metropolitan Wholesale Market, Tokyo Flower Port, developed the product using a commercially available packaging material called “Air Fleur,” which is an inflatable plastic bags designed to protect flowers. The company adopted unique technologies to make flowers last long, such as raising the humidity inside the bags. “I’m surprised to hear that the flowers don’t wilt. It’ll make a great gift that will provide a topic of conversation,” a 74-year-old female visitor from Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, said.
The flower park plans to hold the aerial display and sale event again in the future. “Many of our visitors are surprised at the display of cut flowers floating in the air,” a staff from Yomiuri Land, the facility operator, said. “They sold well to young customers, and we want to encourage them to buy more flowers,” he (she) said.