January-Flower of the month


We call red pine “onnamatsu”(=lady pine) and black pine”otokomatsu”(=men pine)

May it be due to the supple leaves of the red pine and its delicateness that it is so named .

Red pines go well with any kind of flowers.

At this first arrangement of the year, my thought is to be stable and firm with a step I take.

This is the time of the year that brings you a fresh start in things you do.

At arranging New Year’s flowers, you may come up with many thoughts. That may truly a blessing the New Year brings about to you.

Materials used in the arrangement:Onna-matsu(red pine), kumazasa(bamboograss ), Tsukuhane(sandalwood ), Yabukohji (Ardisia Japonica)

Vase by Kazu Yamada “Ao-oribe”

Profile of Ms.Hiroko Suzuki

Born in 1963, Ms. Suzuki started at her early age with her Ikebana lessons (Ikenobo, Ohara and European Flower Arrangement). She continued with her studies of “nageire” style under Master Toshiro Kawase and came to hold many exhibitions in and outside Japan. Many of her works appear in magazines and on TV.

Her latest production is the “Sculpture with Plants”, at which Ms. Suzuki introduces her works using dried plants and fresh in her own unique style. She teaches flower arrangements at several cultural schools.