Cutting Edge Floral Art by Junichi Kakizaki

Junichi Kakizaki was born in Nagano, Japan and has been a floral designer since 1990. His first solo exhibition was in 2003, the same year he won Television Tokyo Channel 12’s national floristry championship in the programme Television Champion.
He learned floral artistry from Muneyoshi Tsuchiya, then moved to Tokyo, where he entered the Yoyogi Seminer Formative Arts School.

In 1990, he entered The Botanical College of Technological Horticulture, in the Horticultural sciences department, and took a specialist course in Floral Design. He became a student of Sadao Kasahara and established a Floral design office, “Fleur de Noel”. At this time he also worked in floral photography.

He designed floral decorations for the butoh performances the “Kazuo Ohno Butoh at Hasedera” by Kazuo Ohno and Yoshito Ohno (1999) and “Kazuo Ohno Butoh at Hasedera 2000” by Kazuo Ohno and conceptual artist Yutaka Matsuzawa (2000).
Butoh (舞踏 Butō) is a form of Japanese dance theatre that encompasses a diverse range of activities, techniques and motivations for dance, performance, or movement. Following World War II, butoh arose in 1959 through collaborations between its two key founders Hijikata Tatsumi and Ohno Kazuo. The art form is known to “resist fixity” and be difficult to define; notably, founder Hijikata Tatsumi viewed the formalisation of butoh with “distress”.Common features of the art form include playful and grotesque imagery, taboo topics, extreme or absurd environments, and it is traditionally performed in white body makeup with slow hyper-controlled motion. However, with time butoh groups are increasingly being formed around the world, with their various aesthetic ideals and intentions. (wikipedia)

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