“The tradition of growing chrysanthemum in the Sasayama district has a history dating back 250 years. Even though former Sasayama feudal lord Tadanaga Aoyama resided in Osaka Castle, the medium-sized chrysanthemum (of a pure Japanese variety) received from Edo Shogunate were still cherished by the people of Sasayama. The first “Sasayama chrysanthemum Festival” was held in 1915, and has been a yearly celebration ever since.”