San Francisco Florist Says Consider Unique Japanese Ikebana Flower Arrangements for Valentine's Day

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San Franciscans looking for an artistic new way to express their love this Valentine’s Day should check out Japanese Ikebana arrangements at BayList 2011 award-winning Blooming Floral Design. With roots in Buddhist rituals, Ikebana, or "living flowers," is the Japanese art of arranging flowers.

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Traditional Ikebana focuses on the shapes of the flower, stems, leaves, and even the container.

Unlike Western bouquets, traditional Ikebana doesn’t just focus on the flower; it also focuses on the shape of stems and leaves, and even the container. The whole is brought together to symbolize harmony between humans and nature.

Sweethearts looking for a special twist on their traditional Valentine’s Day celebration will find something to love at Blooming Floral Design. Owner Kaori Imaizumi’s specialty is artistically crafting Japanese Ikebana floral arrangements, which can be made using high quality silk or fresh flowers, which can be a stunning alternative to the same old red roses most loved ones will be expecting.

Ikebana, which has been traditionally practiced in Japan for over 500 years, is much more than a bouquet—it is an art form with an emphasis on shape, color, and minimalist design that conveys a deeper meaning and gives the viewer a meditative sense of calm.

Imaizumi, a top San Francisco floral designer and certified member of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD), describes Japanese Ikebana as a design style that reflects the beauty and simplicity of Japan. It is very different from the European, American, contemporary, and other Oriental designs.

“Unlike Western bouquets, traditional Ikebana doesn’t just focus on the flower; it also focuses on the shape of stems and leaves, and even the container,” said Imaizumi. “The whole is brought together to symbolize harmony between humans and nature.”

Imaizumi specializes in Sogetsu Ikebana, a fresh style that encourages finding inspiration in everything and not placing limits on creativity. She is sought after to exhibit her work at many events and prestigious San Francisco landmarks, including the de Young Museum, San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, and San Francisco Garden Club.

Lovers who order in advance have many choices of design and materials. Imaizumi asks for at least one to two weeks to ensure that the materials will be available, since last-minute orders can be difficult to accommodate, especially as Valentine's Day nears.

For more information about San Francisco Valentine’s Day flowers, Ikebana or other arrangements by Blooming Floral Design, call (415) 263-9897, visit their website at bloomingfloraldesign.com, or come to their flower shop located at 2120 Sutter Street in San Francisco.

About Blooming Floral Design
Blooming Floral Design is a San Francisco florist that specializes in bridal bouquets and stunning floral arrangements for weddings, special events and funerals. The 2011 winner for Best Florist in San Francisco on BayList and CityVoter no only focuses on the quality of flowers and arrangements, but also on high quality customer service with a personal touch.

Owner Kaori Imaizumi is an accredited member of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD). She specializes in European Contemporaries and Sogetsu Ikebana styles. Awards for her designs include: the American Institute of Floral Designers’ People's Choice Award, San Francisco Garden Club’s Eastwood Award and the Kund Nielson Dried Design Award. Kaori also holds a Sogetsu Ikebana certification.

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