As I posted before, "Sorachi General Election" was held during Sapporo Snow Festival and the sunflower field in Hokuryu Town was selected as the most popular place to visit in Sorachi sub-prefectural area of Hokkaido Island.
The cultivation of sunflowers started in the town in 1979. One of the delegation members from Hokuryu Town to former Yugoslavia was inspired by the beautiful scenery of the sunflower field just before the aircraft touched down on the tarmac of Belgrade international Airport. He was so moved and felt as if he was a butterfly on the field. He also learned that the people in Yugoslavia used sunflower oil for cooking to stay fit. It was the start of this beautiful fields of sunflowers in Hokuryu Town.