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Olympic eye: Aichi farm wants its chrysanthemums used at medal ceremonies

Chrysanthemums are seen in this recent photo taken at a seed cultivation farm in the city of Tahara, Aichi Prefecture, in central Japan. (Mainichi/Toshiki Miyama)

TAHARA, Aichi -- A seed cultivation farm is growing a chrysanthemum variety in the hope the flowers will be adopted for use as "victory bouquets" presented to medalists at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The presentation of bouquets at medal ceremonies is expected to resume after it was canceled from the most recent summer and winter Olympic Games, mainly because fresh flowers are not allowed to be brought back to foreign countries due to quarantine issues.

The growers of the cultivar are hoping to "give a hospitable welcome to athletes from around the world with the flowers, which symbolize Japan," they say.

(Japanese original by Toshiki Miyama, Photo Group)

* This series introduces Olympic-themed photos ahead of the Tokyo Games, which will open on July 24, 2020.

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