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Japanese Flower Arranging

The Martha Stewart Show, January 2011

When Martha attended the Japan Bloom Fair at New York's Japan Society, she was blown away by the spectacular arrangements of NOIR Hanna International floral designer Kenji Takenaka. Using more than 200 varieties of beautiful cut flowers grown in Japan, Kenji transformed the event space into a distinctive modern setting that exemplified his refined, sophisticated aesthetic.

Japanese flowers are known worldwide for their high quality, a result of the island country's excellent climate conditions, advanced floriculture techniques, and perfectionist culture. The popularity of Japanese blooms can be credited to their strong health, hardy nature, and vast range of color.

To create a contemporary "East Meets West" style arrangement, Kenji recommends using a mix of flowers such as sweetpeas, ranunculus, dahlias, and orchids in dramatic single-color palettes.

Comments (3)

  • TBDZ 6 Sep, 2011

    These flowers are AMAZING! I love the way they were designed/ arranged, also in that ambassador photo too - I live here in Hawaii and I'm on a search for these flowers!! Amazing bold colors and just beautiful!

  • DoLee 1 Feb, 2011

    I'm strying to find out where I can buy the seeds for these fantastic, long stemmed sweetpeas. Can anyone help me?

  • kimiko1206 22 Jan, 2011

    Dear Martha.
    I am typing this comments from Japan because I just saw you on Japanese news. I was so excited to see you on TV in Japan because I always watch your show on Internet and buy your magazine every months here in Japan. I am so glad that you love Japanese flower! I hope you will enjoy and learn about our culture, food, flower, and more!