A Garden of Fragrance as a Labor of Love

Toshiyuki Kuroki and his wife of 60 years Yasuko ran a dairy farm in Miyazaki Prefecture in Japan. But personal misfortune changed their lives and their farm became a tourist attraction full of beautiful flowers.

After 30 years of marriage, however, and at the age of 52, Mrs Kuroki suddenly encountered a problem with her eyes, which turned out to be a complication from diabetes, causing her sight to fail just one week later. Feeling her life was over, Mrs Kuroki was devastated at the prospect of not being able to go on the trip she and her husband had always dreamed about and didn’t want to face a life of immobility. As a result, she shut herself away from the world and began living a life of seclusion in her home. It pained her husband to see her normally cheerful expression become one of sadness, and he thought that if they could at least have a visitor or two each day, it would encourage his wife to come out of her shell.

Mr. Kuroki chopped down trees, prepared the ground, and selected the pink shibazakura, known as creeping phlox in the U.S., to plant all over the farm. Now, decades later, thousands of people come to visit the Kurokis’ home and brighten the couple’s lives during blooming season. Read the story and see lots of pictures at RocketNews24. -via Buzzfeed

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