Each year thousands of admirers travel from a far to the Shinjuku National Gardens, Tokyo, and many other showplaces in the country, to see the profusion of Chrysanthemums -- Japan's national flower, and emblem of the Imperial Family.
GV Ethiopian Crown Prince and Princess walk in Shinjuku Gardens.
SV PAN..from Royals to chrysanthemums on bush.
CU Royals look.
SV Ditto move from bush.
GV PAN INT..Display chrysanthemums.
GV INT..150 blooms from single stem.
GV INT..Hanging bouquets.
CU INT PAN..Hanging bouquet.
SV EXT..Ethiopian Crown Prince and Princess walk in gardens.
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Background: Each year thousands of admirers travel from a far to the Shinjuku National Gardens, Tokyo, and many other showplaces in the country, to see the profusion of Chrysanthemums -- Japan's national flower, and emblem of the Imperial Family.
Displayed in brilliant colours and many varieties, the Chrysanthemum have been developed into many sizes and shapes. Growers strive to cross-breed, graft and fertilize the species to produce large individual blooms on shrubs covered with hundreds of small flowers.
As the Royal emblem, crests of the 16-petal Chrysanthemum are permitted only for use on Japanese coins, bank notes, and at Shinto shrines.
This late-flowering plant of "noble" lineage was admired at Shinjuku Gardens by Ethiopia's Crown Prince and Princess during their recent state visit to Japan. Here they saw giant blooms in many subtle colours, a plant which produced 150 blooms from a single stem, and attractively-designed hanging bouquets.
Crown Prince Merid Haile Selassie and Crown Princess Abbebe, spent four days in Japan visiting industrial and welfare centres.