The Japan News by The Yomiuri Shimbun
Seniors’ club creates sunflower tunnel
A natural tunnel created by sun owers in full bloom in a garden at an elementary school in Edogawa Ward, Tokyo, is delighting the local community.
e sun owers are growing in a square-shaped garden 20 meters on each side at Mizue Elementary School, which was founded 102 years ago, and they are now more than 2 meters in height.
Visitors proceed through the verdant tunnel but encounter tricky points along the way where they must crouch to enter the next section, as if playing in a maze that both adults and children can enjoy.
About 16 volunteers from a local senior citizens’ club planted sun ower seeds in March and have been nurturing the plants, which can be viewed through September. e volunteers also diligently tend to the school’s
ower beds, replanting owers according to the season.
“Many of the sun ower seeds we had stored in the shed were eaten by rats, but we were able to [make the tunnel] using the remaining seeds,” said Yuichi Iwabuchi, 81. “I’m glad that everyone is happy.” (July 29)