The Benibana Museum (The Safflower Museum)

31. Deterioration of Mogami Benibana (最上紅花の品質低下)

The qualification of Mogami benibana had the best evaluation of all the countries, but as its demand was spread larger, the production was also increased and its deterioration was gradually deepened at about 1716s. In 1738, the wholesalers in Kyoto sent the letters to tell its deplorable low qualification. The people concerned here gave an innovation idea for them.

First, to pluck the flowers at the proper time of the season and to finish it before 10 o'clock in the morning. In fact cultivators plucked the flower earlier than its maturing and plucked them even after noon. That aimed only at profit.

Second, don't put the good flowers on the top of withered ones.

Third, don't leave the flowers overnight after plucking.

Fourth, don't mix other flowers and finish the trading as soon as possible. The brokers asked the authority to observe these innovations but it did not bear the fruit, because such a deed occurred in running for profit.

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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