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Japanese chrysanthemum growers worried about travel restraints

Chrysanthemum growers in Japan are increasingly worried about local authorities’ requests for people to refrain from taking trips to their parents’ homes during the Bon holiday period due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Sales of chrysanthemums — mainly white ones — surge in the Bon period, related to Buddhism, when many people visit their hometowns and place the flower in front of their family graves. The coronavirus crisis has changed the landscape this year.

Demand for chrysanthemums has already been slow due to a tendency to scale down funeral services amid the epidemic.

Read more at The Japan Times

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