At Sunset Farm Okinawa in Gima, Yomitan, 50,000 sunflowers planted in artificially-lit chrysanthemum fields have blossomed, bringing new scenery to the farm. To make use of the farmland after the chrysanthemums have shipped, sunflower seeds were planted between the chrysanthemums. When the artificial lights are turned on at night, the rows of sunflowers can be seen. Kohei Ikehara, owner of IKEHARA, the company that runs the farm, said smiling, “Is this the first nighttime sunflower field in the world?”
Sunset Farm’s project was brought to the attention of sunflower farmers from Hokuryu in Hokkaido, a town famous for sunflowers, and they sent 100,000 sunflower seeds along with a suggestion to try planting them.
The seeds were planted at the end of March, and 45 days later the flowers bloomed. People are free to take home as many as they like, however due to the coronavirus entry into the farm is limited to one group every thirty minutes. The entrance fee for the farm is pay-what-you-want.