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Ice cream cone-style bouquets become Japan social media hit

Bouquets decorated with colorful carnations and gerberas to look like ice cream cones are seen in the city of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, on Aug. 28, 2020. (Mainichi/Naohiro Yamada)
An employee makes bouquets that look like ice cream in the city of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, on Aug. 28, 2020. (Mainichi/Naohiro Yamada)

KASHIHARA, Nara -- A west-Japan based flower seller's special bouquets done up to look like cones of ice cream are becoming increasingly popular among social media users and others in the country.

    Flower sales at stores are struggling due to the new coronavirus pandemic, and so the company Karendo devised the unique products to "create a hot topic." The finished "ice cream bouquets" feature decorated flowers in cone-shaped pots.

    The pots themselves are earthenware. One of the 12-centimeter-high ice cream bouquets costs 3,850 yen including tax. Among the varieties are a sunflower arrangement for its mango flavor, as well as carnations and gerberas for a soda flavor. About 100 of the bouquets have sold so far.

    Reiko Maeda, who manages the firm's corporate planning department, said, "As the number of people working from home has increased, we have received positive messages saying the flowers made them feel cheerful." The products will remain on sale until the end of September.

    (Japanese original by Naohiro Yamada, Osaka Photo Department)

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