In most of the country, flowers are blooming and spring is well under way. Residents in the concrete jungle that is Tokyo, however, may not get to see many blossoms on their commutes. But this weekend they can make up for it in a big way.

On April 13 and 14, Tokyo Big Sight will host Flower Dream 2013, the biggest flower exhibition in Japan. Organizers promise many activities for all ages that will hopefully pique the interest of both public and professional audiences alike.

The event will feature displays from four ikebana (flower arrangement) competitions. Additionally, the final stages of the 2013 Japan Cup Flower Design Competition will take place on site. The semi-finals will be held the first day of the event and challenge 20 contestants on bouquet selections and arrangement, while 10 people will advance to the finals on the second day and be tested on overall displays.

Flower Dream will also feature a trade show aimed at professionals that focuses on new products and trends for the flower industry. A market will provide a shopping area for flowers, plants and other related goods for the public. Let’s hope Tokyoites get in there and get some potted plants to make the city a little greener.

For those who are interested in ikebana, there will be opportunities to learn or improve on your skills. The Japan Ikebana Art Association will offer classes and other related programs. Floral design classes aimed at children will be offered for those with tiny green thumbs. If junior has a knack for it, ikebana schools will have booths at the event, too.

Flower Dream 2013 will take place at East Halls 1-3 at Tokyo Big Sight in Koto-ku on April 13 and 14. Admission is ¥1,500 (¥1,000 in advance). For more information, visit www.flowerdream-tokyo.net.

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