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Master instructor shows art of flower arranging - Budapest TimesTuesday, March 19, 2019
Putting together her love of flower arranging and her fluency in English, she began to make her way to an outstanding career.
She found an opening to teach non-Japanese students at the famed Goto florist shop in the Tokyo district of Roppongi. She began her own class there. Until then, her only experience was in assisting. "I had no idea how to ask people to come to my class," she says. However, the place was right, the time was right, and she was doing what interested her and associating with the congenial people she sought.
A dozen years later the Japan Foundation chose her to go on a lecture-demonstration tour of six South American countries and three Asian countries.
From her present pinnacle, Ms Fukushima says she was not sufficiently well prepared then to give demonstrations with different materials in unfamiliar surroundings. Japanese Embassy ladies who were detailed at the time to look after her were, however, full of praise. She learned the characteristics of different flowers, appreciated their exoticism, and accorded them respect and dignity. She believes that each individual flower, like each individual flower arranger, has personality that should shine through.
Ikebana arrangementsShe was sent overseas again by the Japan Foundation. On a separate tour she accompanied the charismatic Hiroshi Teshigahara, who succeeded his father as president of the Sogetsu school. Although making annual overseas trips became her routine, there was nothing routine in the conduct of each one. "Every time I was received very differently. Some audiences had some basic understanding of ikebana. Some had never seen it."Ms Fukushima rose to every occasion, dealing with the unexpected, and joining in with anything going on. She learned to dance the flamenco. She liked to sing jazz. She practised her Spanish and Italian. With Arab ladies, she dressed from top to toe in black robes. She was responsible for a flower show at Westminster Cathedral, London. Overall she sharpened her individuality, freely using other materials as accessories to flowers, and carefully choosing containers.
She gave a solo exhibition of iron containers. She has designed her own glass receptacles. She has become known as an artist who designs stainless and titanium flower vases, finding imaginative effects in her materials’ unique properties.
Some of her arrangements have been huge, built in public places and outdoors. Some have graced the displays in department store windows. She says she is "charmed by cloth, handmade Japanese paper and thread," and incorporates them, as descendants of organic materials, in her arrangements. They have inner spirits, she says, but "plant material is the first for the arranger to think of."Once she taught an ikebana class of blind women. Their adjustments to life impressed her, and from them she learned a new vision for herself. "To touch with the eye, to taste with the eye, to sense fragrance with the eye, to catch sound with the eye — such an expression is the goal of my ikebana."https://www.facebook.com/koka.fukushima https://www.hu.emb-japan.go.jp... https://www.budapesttimes.hu/2019/02/19/master-instructor-shows-art-flower-arranging
Flower Pot florists inadvertently attracting lovers of pot, not peonies - Montreal GazetteTuesday, March 19, 2019
There are also green plants galore. But none of the aforementioned can be smoked.No matter, people continue to call or drop into this florist shop on Notre-Dame St. W. and inquire about purchasing pot. That has everything to do with the name of the place, Le Pot de Fleurs / The Flower Pot.In spite of the fact that the only shops permitted to sell pot in Montreal are the provincially run Société québécoise du cannabis outlets, the message has clearly not been registered by some stoners.And so it is that Flower Pot proprietors Pia and Herbert Teichmann have been deluged by those in search of marijuana.No sooner was cannabis made legal here than the couple learned that would-be buyers went online to Google “weed stores near me” and their shop was among the destinations listed.“So I started getting phone calls asking how long the lineup was around our store,” Pia says. “Other callers wanted to know if I had any edibles or oils in stock. Then some started dropping by and wanted to know about all the different kinds of pot we carried. I had no idea there were so many different varieties of pot. At first, I didn’t even know what the people were talking about, because I’m not a marijuana person.”The deluge hasn’t stopped.“No matter what we say, we’re still getting requests. It’s nuts. But, clearly, the weed business is better than the flower business,” Herbert says. “We’d definitely be making more money at it.”But they’re not the only florists or shopkeepers dealing with this.“It seems that anyone who has &lsqu... https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/flower-pot-florists-inadvertently-attracting-lovers-of-pot-not-peonies
Cary flower shop prepares for the busiest day of the year - WRAL.comTuesday, March 19, 2019
By Claudia Rupcich, WRAL reporterCary, N.C. — Studies show fewer people are celebrating Valentine's Day this year, but those who celebrate will are spending more money.At Cary Florist in downtown Cary, workers are getting ready for their busiest day.A survey shows that about 35 percent of people who celebrate Valentine's Day will give flowers to someone this year.According to a recent survey, Americans will spend a record amount on Valentine's Day this year. On average, a person will spend about $162 this year -- or 13 percent more than last year.The study shows total spending is expected to be $20.7 billion nationwide, up 6 percent from 2018. Money will mostly be spent on jewelry, clothes and a night out.An average of almost $2 billion will be spent on flowers -- and at Cary Florist, workers told WRAL News they will be going out with more deliveries than ever before. More On This... https://www.wral.com/cary-flower-shop-prepares-for-the-busiest-day-of-the-year/18191630/
Richard Rico: A bouquet for the Rose - TheReporter.ComTuesday, March 19, 2019
S impossible to say how many weddings, anniversaries, birthdays or funerals they decorated, but if anyone — or anything — deserves a bouquet, it’s the Lopez family’s Rose Florist. After about 62 bloomin’ years, the Main St. shop next to McCune Garden Chapel closed Dec. 31 for the last time. If it looks like a cottage, it’s because it was—for years the home of mortician Del McCune, wife Elizabeth and their daughter Barbara. They built it in 1938, the same year they bought the funeral home. They moved out in 1956 and converted it into the shop begun by John and Rose Lopez—it’s named after her. Rose is now 92. John died several years ago, at 84, leaving a lifetime trail of rose petals behind him. Their daughter Janet Lopez Balcom took over the shop in 1990, with a hand up from husband Curtis, for 31 years a fleet manager for Solano County. The family opened Rose Florist in Fairfield, managed by Janet’s brother, David, and his wife Juanita. The family roots run deep here; siblings and Papa John graduated Vaca High; Rose, from Winters High. It’s as hometown as it gets. It’s a picture of kids who helped out at the s... https://www.thereporter.com/2019/01/13/richard-rico-a-bouquet-for-the-rose/
The Biggest Day - Santa Rosa florists prepare for the busiest day of the year - The Santa Rosa Press DemocratTuesday, March 19, 2019
Stormi Gillam, Henry’s business partner. “There’s a lot of prepping.”The payoff may be worth it for the Fifth Street flower shop and other Santa Rosa-area florists. Americans this year will spend an estimated $1.9 billion on Valentine’s Day flowers, slightly less than last year, a National Retail Federation survey found.Flowers were the third most popular gift among the 7,300 adults surveyed by the trade association earlier this year, with 35 percent of respondents saying they planned to buy flowers for their significant other. Just over half said they would purchase candy to mark the holiday, while 44 percent expected to buy greeting cards, according to the federation.Overall, Valentine’s Day spending this year is expected to climb to $20.7 billion, a $1.1 billion increase from 2018. A person will spend on average $162 for the holiday, the federation said. For Sharzad Mo, owner of Mirage Florist in downtown Santa Rosa, Valentine’s Day is unequivocally the busiest time of year, she said. The increase in business means frequent trips to San Francisco flower markets in the days leading up to the holiday. There, she has purchased about 400 individual roses in preparation for Thursday, Mo said. She also has hired additional drivers to help make deliveries, something the City 205 Flowers owners said they also do to accommodate their Valentine’s Day clientele. “Valentine’s Day is the biggest day and the hardest week,” Mo said, standing behind the counter of her small flower shop. Mo and the co-owners of City 205 Flowers agreed that while some customers stray... https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/9276072-181/the-biggest-day-santa-rosa