Prepare to be inspired. Makoto Azuma is a leading Japanese floral artist who is famous for making flowers and plants “more alive than they really are.”
While playing in a rock band in Tokyo in 1997, Makoto started working at a trader at Ota Market, one of the biggest flower and ornamental markets in Japan.
Becoming increasingly interested in flowers, he took charge of a flower shop in a supermarket in Azabu–Jūban in 1999.
Two years later, he opened an haute couture flower shop in Tokyo called Jardins des Fleurs.
His viewpoint of completely accepting flowers/plants even as they start to rot, and not ignoring the “death” behind the “life” is at the heart of his work.
In Japan, Ikebana, the ancient art of flower arranging, is a strict discipline, taught in hundreds of schools throughout the country. As an experimental sculptor, Azuma Makoto converts the inherent mystery of flowers and plants into artistic expressions irregardless, or perhaps because of, traditional expectations. (Source)