The Benibana Museum (The Safflower Museum)

29. Price of Mogami-benibana (最上紅花の値段)

Mogami-benibana was a strong cash crop and its sales was favorable to the producers and the tax of selling was a big amount of financial resource of the Shogunate and the Clan. Then, what was the price of Mogami-benibana ?

The transaction between wholesale dealers of Kyoto and producers was done by "da" (駄). Dried flowers were packed in a special-processed paper bag in the weight of 20 "monmes" (匁). Sixteen backs make one "kon" (梱) and four "kons" was called 1 "da" (駄). "Da" meant the one package to be conveyed on horse back. The weight of "da" depended on its goods.

Needless to say, price relies on demand and supply and the quality of goods. During Edo period of 260 years, the price of benibana was to be changed. Especially, benibana was much swayed by the weather.

In 1777, the price of a "da" in Yachi was 97 ryos to 105 ryos at the highest, but in 1802 the lowest was 24 ryos to 28 ryos,

However, something was on our minds that the price of Mogami benibana was 10 ryos cheaper than those of Musashi (武蔵), Shimofusa (下総), Hitachi (常陸) and Sendai (仙台). At first, Mogami's price was the highest but this proves that the quality became lower than other producers because of the indiscrete mind of the cultivators.

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  1. Benibana (Safflower : Carthamus Tinctorius) Revived
  2. From the Horigome Residence of a Wealthy Farmer to the Museum
  3. Horigome's Former Residence
  4. The Benibana House
  5. Place of Origin of Benibana
  6. Flora of Benibana
  7. Kinds of Benibana
  8. Its Use and Effect
  9. How to Grow Benibana
  10. Variety of Dyeing Materials
  11. Main Plants Dyes
  12. Technique of Benibana Dyes
  13. Benibana Dyeing for Everybody
  14. How to Make Benibana Wine
  15. How to Make Rouge
  16. History of Benibana
  17. Benibana Charmed the Noblemen
  18. Benibana for Tax Obligation
  19. Nobunaga Oda Made a Present of Benibana
  20. Supplication of Yoshiaki Mogami
  21. Anrakuji Temple Documents of Benibana Donation
  22. Evaluation of Mogami Benibana
  23. Prosperity of Flower Market
  24. "Mebaya" and "Sanbe" as Traders
  25. All the Fields Covered with Benibana
  26. Two Haiku Lines of Benibana
  27. Yield of Benibana
  28. Area under Cultivation of Mogami-benibana
  29. Price of Mogami-benibana
  30. Route of Benibana Conveyance
  31. Deterioration of Mogami Benibana
  32. Decline of Domestic Benibana
  33. Life of Mogami-benibana
  34. Kahoku Town - Town of Safflower
  35. Benibana Tradings
  36. Benibana Jizo as a Guardian
  37. Color of Twelve Official Ranks
  38. Rich Benibana Traders and Road of Culture
  40. Conversion Table
  41. Access