The budding of Mr Maruyama

Mr. Maruyama was born into a farmers’ family in Niigata prefecture, where the common viewpoint was that flowers were pointless, non functional and just something to get rid of. He used to agree, but as he got older he came to think differently and started to appreciate flowers more and more. At 18 he moved to Nagoya and started his ikebana (traditional Japanese flower arrangement) training and later returned to Niigata to set up his flower empire. Mr. Maruyama loves to be busy and is involved in countless projects. He is also the head of the Niigata Norway Friendship Association and has visited Norway more than twenty times. He particularly loves wild flowers and for our shoot suggested we’d work with fukinoto, a special edible spring vegetable that happened to grow on a hill right outside his home in Sanjo.

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

This is Niigata in the morning. We saw eight different kinds of weather in 40 minutes. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Mr. Maruyama at Fresh Hanasho flower shop in Niigata. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Ms. Hisako Ohashi (Mr. Maruyama’s sister), Mr. Yusuke Maruyama (son) and Ms. Natsumi Uchida hear our plan for the shoot © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

This is the Fresh Hanasho team in Sanjo. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Fukinoto hunting in Mr. Maruyama’s brother’s garden © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

The edible flower bud of the fukinoto is an early spring delicacy. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

A batting helmet face mask from Omaha, Nebraska came in handy. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Our model in his Norwegian jumper. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Ms. Mie Nakanishi is the manager of Fresh Hanasho in Sanjo. She is also an excellent translator and kept the conversation flowing in two languages. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Irresisitable smile! © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

2 comments

  1. Elisa

    Looks great ! Can’t wait to see some more !

  2. Pingback: The cedar woods of Miyama | Eyes as Big as Plates

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