Location: Shiojiri City, Nagano, Japan
I am a fruit farmer and a fruit breeder. These fruits were grown by me. A specialized method of identifying fruit varieties is to file a plant patent application. Various records are taken of the new variety and two similar varieties in order to make comparisons with two existing varieties that are similar. A collection of these records is called a characteristic table. I wanted to create a professional but general academic piece that could be clearly seen in a photograph, rather than a fill-in-the-blank list of characteristics. I also wanted to create a work that would satisfy the aesthetic eye. In order to compare it with similar varieties, the important parts of the plant are put together in one picture so that the characteristics (three sides of the flower or fruit, cross section, decomposition, etc.) can be clearly seen. This is similar to the old taxonomic drawings of plants. In modern times, this is known as botanical art. If we had modern cameras and editing technology when plant taxonomy was being studied, our predecessors must have done the same thing.