The Benibana Museum (The Safflower Museum)

33. Life of Mogami-benibana (最上紅花の命脈)

Though benibana thoroughly lost its value of trading in Meiji era, some industry planners of Yamagata Prefecture exhibited the flower to the First Domestic Industry Exhibition, but the current of the times was unfavorable.

Meanwhile, some cultivators in Dewa Village (出羽村、現山形市), who continued to raise the flower, accepted the solicitations from the Imperial Household for Imperial Events. Both in 1908 and 1919, the people in Dewa dedicated an important part of duty.

At the beginning of Meiji era, the new government had the slogan : "Wealth and Military Strength". But "the Military Strength failed at the World War Ⅱ but the economic growth after the war are partly accomplished. Among the enriched society, benibana is counted as one of the beautiful colors and it can capture the appreciation mind of the beauty loving people again.

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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