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Love Is Blind, But Can Still Smell the Flowers

Love can conquer any hardship, and Mr. and Mrs. Kuroki of Shintomi Town, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan can attest to this.

After his wife went blind due to complications from diabetes at the age of 52, Mr. Kuroki made it his life mission to bring happiness back into her face. Knowing he could no longer present his wife with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, he did the next best thing: he planted her a garden.

But this is no ordinary garden. Two years of hard work and thousands upon thousands of flowers have yielded a true monument to this couple’s love and a new tourist attraction for the region. Spring brings with it an enormous field of magenta shibazakura, or moss phlox, all blooming for one individual – Mrs. Kuroki.

The scents and the touring visitors bring a smile to her face and encourage her to leave the house and walk the grounds of the old dairy-farm-turned-flowerbed.

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The two were married in 1956 and they tended the dairy farm every day while raising two children. Now, after 60 years of marriage and more than 10 years since the Mr. Kuroki planted the first shibazakura for his struggling wife, the couple have adapted to changing circumstances, cancelled plans and hardships, but have never once lost their love for one another.

Sources: boredpandaYoshiyuki Matsumoto, Rocketnews24

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