A private house in rural Japan has become a tourist sensation, partly due to the gorgeous flowers that bloom there every year and mainly because of the beautiful love story behind the blossoms.
Mr and Mrs Kuroki were married in 1956 and lived happily as dairy farmers raising their two children in a small town in southern Japan.
But at 52, after 30 years of marriage, Mrs Kuroki lost her sight due to diabetes-related complications. Depressed, she withdrew into the family home and isolated herself.
Mr Kuroki was determined to find a way to make his wife smile again. One day he noticed the shibazakura flowers in his garden, and realized that you didn’t need sight to enjoy their scent.
So the devoted husband spent two years planting the pink blossoms on every inch of his land to create a fragrant flower garden that his wife could enjoy.
And, little by little, Mrs Kuroki began to enjoy the outside world again.
And it’s not just this adorable couple who get to enjoy the flower garden.
Up to 7,000 tourists a day come to see the shibazakura in bloom from March to April.
And hope to hear the Kuroki’s heartwarming tale first-hand.
Mr Kuroki still works hard to maintain his enormous flower garden.
And Mrs Kuroki can’t stop smiling.
You can watch Mr and Mrs Kuroki’s story below.
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