In Japan's Miyazaki Prefecture, people come from far and wide to see the flowers at a small dairy farm run by local residents, Mr. and Mrs. Kuroki. But it's not so much the flowers that have made the Kuroki farm so famous, it's the love story behind them.
Mr. and Mrs. Kuroki have lived at the dairy farm since shortly after they married in 1956. They raised two children and worked hard on the farm for decades. After 30 years, with both of their children grown and living on their own, the couple had planned to retire and spend their days traveling around the country.
But something went wrong. At the age of 52, Mrs. Kuroki went blind due to a complication from diabetes. She was devastated over her blindness and to have her lifelong dream dashed, so she began spending more and more time indoors, shutting herself away from the natural world that she had loved so dearly.
Upset to see his wife so depressed, Mr. Kuroki had an idea to plant some pink shibazakura flowers, or moss phlox, in their garden. He knew she couldn't see the flowers, but he hoped that she could smell them. For the next two years, he continued planting until thousands of flowers bloomed in an aromatic blanket around their home.
Today, as many as 7,000 people flock to the Kuroki farm each spring. They come to see the beautiful display of pink flowers, to smell their gorgeous scent, and to see the smile on Mrs. Kuroki's face as she walks in her garden, hand in hand with her husband, enjoying her visitors and the world around her.