Flower Dream Strikes Again

FlowerDream2 Okay, it’s spring in Tokyo, so grit your teeth and strap on your martyr beanie, because it’s time to endure a higher than usual number of flower posts for a while!

Today’s is some of the wild and weird stuff I saw last weekend at Flower Dream 2015, the floral design show that’s more likely to feature bark and rusty sheet metal than roses.

For example: these. O_O

For example: these. O_O

And, uh, yeah, THIS.

And, uh, yeah, THIS.

Of course, flowers did feature in a few things, like this not-yer-average bunch of posies.

Of course, flowers did feature in a few things, like this not-yer-average bunch of posies.

The hot trend this year seemed to be encrusting things with pussy willow buds, go figure.

The hot trend this year seemed to be encrusting things with pussy willow buds, go figure.

And bark. Did I mention bark?

And bark. Did I mention bark?

And roots. This is a stalk of bamboo, with its roots still attached.

And roots. This is a stalk of bamboo, with its roots still attached.

It being Japan, minimalism is always a thing.

It being Japan, minimalism is always a thing.

And of course there were a few entries that were just achingly beautiful.

And of course there were a few entries that were just achingly beautiful.

If you’re in Tokyo and want to go to the next Flower Dream, info and dates are posted on their website.

Although it’s hard to tear herself away from the floral goodness, Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Tokyo

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