Last summer, I stayed in Tokyo for bridal bouquet workshop and freelance event producing works. One of the places I love so much in Tokyo is definitely this flower market. Generally speaking, Tokyo has a lot, A LOT of flower shops throughout the city, and honestly, I think they are all beautiful with carefully selected blooms that go nicely with their atmosphere. So even if I don't get to go to the market, I get to play with the local flowers without fuss. But I love all the energy flying around in the air at the early morning market, and you always get the freshest flowers there.
At the market, most of the flowers are harvested locally- yes, that means you get those delicate looking butterfly ranunculus in every color, ruffled pansies, oh, and those cute looking bumble bee like ranunculus.
I get a lot of inquiries about Tokyo flower market. So I think I’m going to mention what I do to be clear for everyone who’s wondering. I do floral workshops in Tokyo in about every 3 months, the workshop is held in English, Japanese and Korean, so if you speak any of those, you are welcome! I also teach 1 on 1 private classes, so even if you can’t make it to the workshop, you can ask me for private lessons with small group. Also I do floral and event producing freelance work in throughout Japan. For floral works, I work with other florists or event planners from both Japan and other countries. Sometimes florists or event planners who are not based in Japan have hard time sourcing the fresh flowers, because you need a license- to each market- to purchase flowers, and also you need to speak the language to communicate with the vendors. So as a floral liaison, I would make the arrangements before they arrive in Japan, and also I participate the creating part as a florist.
I am planning to go back to Japan in May for a workshop, so lots to plan! Hope to see you there. Wherever you are.