WABARA

ABOUT

ABOUT WABARA

WABARA is an original breed developed by Keiji Kunieda. Based on the concept of “nurturing natural beauty”, they are produced without applying excessive manipulation to accommodate distribution. They feature soft petals, graceful, elegant stems and leaves, and flowers with gentle neutral tints. Their delicate appearance belies unimaginable sturdiness. Grown in an environment that is as natural as possible, like flowers that bloom in the wild, regardless of the location, and the flower species with which they cohabit, they cause no disharmony. As plants with a place in an ecosystem, they coexist with the surrounding life, and dedicate themselves to their next lives. This very process lies at the root of the brand known as WABARA, and is the creation of Keiji Kunieda.

國枝啓司が手がけるオリジナル品種。「生きたばらをつくる」というコンセプトのもと、流通に適合させるための過剰な操作を加えることなく生みだされます。特長は、花弁の柔らかさ、たおやかな茎葉、優しい中間色の花色。そして、見た目の繊細さからは想像できないたくましさ。自然に限りなく近い環境で生育されることで、野に咲く草花のように、どのような空間や花種と合わせても調和を乱しません。生態系のひとつのポジションを担うものとして、周囲のいのちと共生し、次のいのちのために身を捧げる。その営みこそがWABARAというブランドであり、國枝啓司のクリエイションです。

Creator

KEIJI KUNIEDA

國枝 啓司

國枝 啓司

Born in Shiga Prefecture in 1956. Joined Kunieda Rose Farm operated by his father Eichi Kunieda in 1976 and became involved in production as manager of cultivation techniques. Building on ideas and techniques acquired during a study tour of Europe in 1981, he commenced activities as a breeder of original varieties, including “Princess Masako” presented to Her Imperial Highness Crown Princess Masako and His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito, and the rose which is the floral emblem of Motomachi in Kobe. In 2003, he established Rose Farm KEIJI. In 2006, he welcomed his eldest son Kenichi as a business partner. Over a 10-year period, he successfully transitioned from conventional cultivation to soil cultivation and established original varieties as the WABARA brand. Kenichi has taken over as business manager and Keiji is devoting himself to activities as a rose creator.

1956年、滋賀県生まれ。1976年に父である國枝栄一が営む國枝バラ園に就農、栽培技術担当者として生産に従事する。1981年、ヨーロッパ研修にて学んだ思想や技術をもとに育種家としての活動を開始し、皇太子殿下、雅子妃殿下に献上した「プリンセスマサコ」や神戸元町のシンボルローズをはじめとするオリジナル品種の創造に励む。2003年、ばら園「Rose Farm KEIJI」を設園。2006年に長男健一を事業パートナーに迎える。10年をかけて慣行栽培から土耕栽培への移行を実現するとともに、オリジナル品種を「WABARA」ブランドとして確立させる。健一に経営を継承した現在は、ばら作家としての活動に専念している。

Producer

KENICHI KUNIEDA

國枝 健一

國枝 健一

Born in 1981 as the eldest son of Keiji Kunieda, Kenichi became familiar with roses from an early age. After two years of study in Germany and working experience in the corporate world, at the age of 25, he joined Rose Farm KEIJI, which was operated by his father. Subsequently, in 2014, he launched Rose Universe Co., Ltd. In addition to acting as CEO, as a producer he supports the establishment of rose cultivation environments and techniques that Keiji Kunieda considers to be ideal. Apart from globally promoting projects that embody the WABARA philosophy and collaboration with partners who share the same ideas, he energetically engages in giving contributing the potential of WABARA to the ecosystem it occupies through such endeavours as the Lake Biwa redevelopment project and flower education programs.

1981年、國枝啓司の長男として生まれ、幼少よりばらに親しむ。2年のドイツ留学、一般企業での就業経験を経て、25歳で父が営む「Rose Farm KEIJI」に就農。その後、2014年に「Rose Universe co., ltd.」を立ち上げ、CEOに就任するとともに、プロデューサーとして國枝啓司が理想とする栽培環境や栽培手法の確立をサポートする。一方で、WABARAの思想を体現するプロジェクトや想いを同じくするパートナーとのコラボレーションを世界各国で推進するほか、琵琶湖の再開発事業や花育プログラムの提供など、生態系の一部を担うWABARAのポテンシャルを地球に還元する取り組みも精力的に行っている。

PHILOSOPHY

Roses were originally flowers that bloomed in the wild. Plants that grow in the mountains or forests cycle through life within that ecosystem and coexist harmoniously with their surroundings. Following this model, without excessive human intervention, and by applying water, soil, air and microorganisms, Rose Farm KEIJI has created a cultivation environment that is as close as possible to natural hills and fields. At the same time, the Farm is a part of its ecosystem, and in its practices seeks to do whatever it can to create better cycles while reducing the human burden on the natural environment.

ばらは本来、野に咲く花。山や森で育つ植物はその生態系のなかで循環し、周囲と調和、共生しながら成長します。Rose Farm KEIJIはこれにならい、ひとの手を過剰に加えず、水、土、空気、微生物のかけあわせによって、自然の野山に限りなく近い栽培環境をつくりあげています。同時にFarmを生態系のひとつのポジションととらえ、ひとが自然環境に与えている負荷を軽減しながら、より良い循環を生むためにできることを模索、実践しています。