The Adorable Grandpa Who Weaves Wreaths

Yoshihi Futana





A grandpa is wearing a big wreath on his head, his cheeks are blushing adorably.

I have never seen a wreath so rough yet natural. Not only is its size so similar to a tire, it is also as thick and sturdy that can in a way be used as a stool. I suddenly recall an article I read earlier about how this grandpa won a survival game on an uninhabited island hosted by a TV channel in 2006. He loves the nature and he knows how to coexist with it. I always find these kinds of people so different from those living in the cities. They have a different mentality and are able to see the interesting side of the world in a distinctive way. This grandpa would give natural science classes to primary school students in the wild, he believes “it is not enough to learn about the world through the internet; they have to personally verify their learning, which makes outdoor education so meaningful.”

This grandpa that we have been talking about is Yoshihi Futana. Born in 1943 in Ehime Prefecture, he is an outdoor explorer, an adventurous botanist, as well as an artist. Using bamboo, he would to build raft, swings and monkey bars that children love to play with. Futana seems to be able to turn any basic materials into anything within and beyond imagination only with his bare hands.

In recent years, Grandpa Futana has been collecting fresh season plants that are disposed or about to be disposed to make wreaths that can demonstrate the vibes of the four seasons. He would first tie up the plants with tree branches until they are bundled up neatly. Glue and wire are not used in the process, therefore the task requires a high level of strength from the wrists and the entire body. The bundle of flowers and grass would then be dried by the wind. During the process, its color and scent would also change accordingly. The intertwined rings of plants carry with them the different seasons they have experienced, as if they are containing the weight of life.