Prairie Custom Flower Shop

Prairie Custom Flower Shop.

CONTRIBUTED BY ANTHONY CAMINA

Prairie Custom Flower

30 years ago Yuriko Takayama began her professional career as a dentist in the mega metropolis of Tokyo. After a 20-year career she decided to transition to a less stressful medium which was her true love, flowers. Most westerners are familiar with florists or the art of Japanese flower arranging called Ikebana. What Yuriko does is a step further.

Prairie Custom Flower

In Japan the New Year is an equally important holiday as many from America consider Christmas. Where someone in the United States often display a Christmas Tree, Christmas Wreath or mistletoe, the Japanese display a particular type of decoration called Okazari. Traditional Okazari are made with bamboo, pine and straw but in the past few years many artists have expanded on tradition to make beautiful works of art.

Prairie Custom Flower

Today high quality Okazari arrangements are made with artificial flowers because of the expense and time it takes to put a proper display together. These artificial flowers are not the cheap plastic things found at a dollar shop but are carefully crafted recreations made from high quality materials. Artist-created Okazari in mainland are more frequently displayed throughout the year, and not just around the New Year holiday.

Prairie Custom Flower

For ten years Yuriko worked in Tokyo making Okazari arrangements for large commercial businesses, luxury hotels, weddings and high end department stores such as Seibu. After a great deal of success, she decided to relocate to her childhood home in Okinawa. Now she desires to introduce high end Okazari from mainland to Okinawa. Yuriko is also making her Okazari crafting skill available to the general public and has begun taking orders from a small shop in Nago.

Prairie Custom Flower

Yuriko has named her new business “Prairie” and sells pre-made arrangements and can make custom Okazari for special occasions or at the request of the customer. Pictured are some of her ready made arrangements such as the wreaths which have about 7 inches in diameter.

Prairie Custom Flower  Prairie Custom Flower

Currently, Prairie only accepts yen which can be paid when ordering or picking up. Yuriko will also deliver Okazari arrangements with coordination from the buyer. She can be located in the Heart 2 salon in Nago City; however, for English orders, it is requested that you use her email so she can translate the order.


Prairie Custom Flower Shop

Email:[email protected]

For custom orders please contact her two weeks before expected pickup or delivery

Payment: Yen only

Salon hours: 1130-1900

Phone: 0980546810

Address: 1 Chome-2-20 Agarie, Nago-shi, Okinawa-ken 905-0021, Japan

GPS Coordinates: 26.586003 127.985462

Directions:  In Nago; Heart 2 Salon is next to big San A


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