Was looking back at the scrapbooks I made for my first two kiddos. I have not finished the littlest guy’s (I hope that’s forgivable when you have three in under four years) but came across this page from my middle man’s.
did you know??? the namesake flower of one of Seiko’s most popular and beloved songs “Akai Sweet Pea (Red Sweet Pea)” wasn’t a real shade of sweet pea at the time… the lyricist simply imagined that they would be quite beautiful.
and he was right! the man pictured above, flower farmer Mr. Nakagawa, was such a huge fan that he spent over 15 years developing the first actual red sweet pea, which he named “Vivian Red”. (earlier red sweet peas existed, but the red petals darkened too quickly, meaning they weren’t commercially viable.) he also owns a flower shop specializing in sweet peas appropriately named “Sweet Memory”!