TESTING YOUR PLANT KNOWLEDGE:
Exam on Greenery and Flowers to Begin in Spring 2000
February 10, 2000
How much more fun life would be if you could give the names of trees and flowers you happen to see around town--many people must have thought this at some time in their lives. For most urbanites, however, the plants that dot the concrete landscape come across as just vegetation, plain and simple. This is true even in Japan, whose temperate and humid climate supports a rich flora that offers an ever-changing scenery from season to season. Since ancient times nature has played a major part in nearly every aspect of Japanese culture, from clothing, diet, and housing to prose, poetry, and painting. In an effort to revive popular intellectual interest in the flora of Japan as well as of the world, an exam to test people's knowledge on the subject will be held annually beginning in March 2000.
What's That Big Tree in The Little Prince?
Others will deal with the symbiotic relationship between plants and animals:
It appears that, to achieve a high score, examinees will need to know not only their flora, but a wide range of other topics as well.
From Schoolchildren to Plant Specialists
"Our ancestors maintained both a deep reverence and a fondness for nature," says Shumon Miura, a renowned author and the chairman of the foundation's certification committee for the exam. "Love for greenery and flowers lies at the very foundation of Japanese culture. I hope this exam will offer many people the opportunity to begin acquainting themselves with plants."
Edited by Japan Echo Inc. based on domestic Japanese news sources. Articles presented here are offered for reference purposes and do not necessarily represent the policy or views of the Japanese Government.