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My Ikebana arrangements on a new movie!

2017.4.6 21:46

I arranged some huge pieces of Ikebana on a Japanese movie and that movie was released on the theater. The movie is composed of 2 parts and the first of 2 parts was released now! The movie is about fights in SHOGI WORLD, a kind of Japanese chess. Fights are not bloody ones but deep and silent fights.

The art director asked me to make each piece to reflect each personality of each character. For example, this earthy work reflects the guy who looks very weak and not gorgeous man, but the audience will know later that he is very strong. I didn’t use flowers intentionally so that I’d like to express his inner strength.

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I used a few kind of cedars and mossy branches of Japanese plum. Brown ones are a part of a palm tree.

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From side view
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The difficult point is that shooting was on May but the setting of this scene was February. I had a hard time to get this mossy branches and decide what I can arrange. Ikebana reflects each season and representative flowers on February  are Golden Bells, Japanese Quince, Japanese Apricot, and so on. I couldn’t get all those branches.

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The studio with a lot of staffs.

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This is another arrangement that reflects another character. He is a genius in SHOGI world, but he is thought to be a strange person. Especially his conversation with others is kink. People think his uniqueness comes from being a genius. At last moment people know that he is deaf and he pretends to listen but he replies with his guessing.

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When the actor sits down in front of  this arrangement, he looks like having 2 white wings.

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The memorial photo with art decoration team
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The trailer is here.

If you can see more photos, please visit my FB photo album here.

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Mika’s interview is now on the magazine of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, “The Journal”

2017.4.6 21:32

Mika’s interview is now on the magazine of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, “The Journal”. Here is an article.


Art in Bloom  Here is a link to the article.

You can download a whole magazine from here.
The Journal

The chief editor likes my Ikebana photos and he used one of them as a table of contents.
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Big Ikebana work at Japanese WAGASHI shop, TORAYA, in Ginza

2017.2.2 21:56

TORAYA is a famous Japanese confection shop that has a long history, opened at 1937 in Kyoto. Ginza shop is a headquarter of all branches now and I feel honored to arrange my Ikebana work here.

Height is about 6.6 feet, so a huge work.

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When I thought about February, the beautiful yellow of Golden Bells occurred to my mind. I’d like to express the complimentary color effect, so I painted the old branches with purple.
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This is a side view.
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I used a lot of orchid ( dancing lily orchid) to emphasize the yellow and purple effect.

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I go to the shop every 2 days to check and rearrange my Ikebana. I changes all materials every week, so I make a slightly different arrangement though I use completely same materials.
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Golden bells got full bloom in this photo.
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I used Japanese orchid this time ( usually used imported orchid). The structure got a little bit difference.
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I’d like to introduce some of my Ikebana pieces that I arranged recently.

With Cherry blossom
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With Northern Japanese Magnolia (KOBUSHI) KOBUSHI is said to be a first tree to tell the coming spring in Japan.
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Field Mustard and Japanese indigenous plant (ZENMAI)
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For the valentine day!
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If you can see more photos, here is my Ikebana photo album. I uploaded more than 300 works.  Please check it up!

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