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Flower power blooms at Tokyo Big Sight

by Edan Corkill

Staff Writer

Who would have thought flowers needed their own industry fair? Growers, florists, ikebana schools and floral supplies makers, that’s who.

A group of them are getting together this weekend at Tokyo Big Sight for Flower Dream 2014, a two-day event designed to showcase all manner of floral fun.

In addition to booths by flower-industry companies, displays by local tourist associations from around the country and a massive flower market, the fair will host the 2014 Japan Cup, in which a group of professional florists who have won other events will compete on stage in a live flower-arranging competition. The semi-final will be held on the first day of the fair, April 12, while the final will be on April 13.

There will also be a preserved-flower contest, shows to support the areas of northeastern Japan damaged in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and a host of participatory events, including flower-arranging classes, flower-raising workshops and exhibits for children.

Flower Dream 2014 takes place at Tokyo Big Sight in Ariake. Entry is ¥1,500, and free for high school and younger students. For more information, visit www.flowerdream-tokyo.net