Written By – Joseph Scaglione

Mika Plant Shop on 1593 Dundas Street in Toronto, beside the famous Lula Lounge, is owned by Hiroshima born Mika Sato. Mika draws inspiration from nature. While in Japan, she studied Ikebana, a floral art influencing her design, style, and aesthetic.

Mika Sato and her husband inside their plant shop on 1593 Dundas Street in Toronto
Mika Sato and her husband inside their plant shop on 1593 Dundas Street in Toronto

Welcome To Ikebana!

Ikebana style focuses on sparse and deliberate construction. It’s grounded in ancient Japanese polytheism and Buddhist traditions. Ikebana appreciates natural beauty and encourages the practitioner to find beauty in everything. Ikebana’s goal, according to 69-year-old artist Toshiro Kawase, is to “see the whole universe contained in a single flower.”

Ikebana is experiencing a revival period due to flower shops like Mika. Flower arrangement unifies humans and the natural world, allowing humans to discover beauty in the simplicity of nature. It reflects the times; a hard-wired connection to nature with awareness of environmental erosion. Emphasis is on life’s brevity and imperfection, fundamental to Ikebana, but less so in Western arrangements, which Mika studied when she moved to Canada in 1997. Mika travelled and learned new styles and techniques in Europe, South East Asia, and North America. One of Mika’s fond memories is working in a contemporary Amsterdam flower shop.

An Ikebana display showing the beauty of nature inside Mika
Displaying the beauty of nature inside Mika

Mika’s Journey

In 2010, Mika registered for pottery classes with experienced potters in Toronto and Hiroshima. She’s improving her skills working independently at local studios. She infuses Ikebana in her pottery, incorporating Earth elements like shells, seeds, and corals to create one of a kind vessels. Her most beautiful work comes in the form of elegant “Jellyfish Potters.” Her style is aesthetically pleasing and functional. A blend of hand built and wheel thrown pottery and floral elements.

Mika showing off her hand crafted pots
Mika showing off her hand crafted pots

Mika grows her own botanicals and locally sources others. Along with orchids, succulents, and air plants, other elements such as lichens, moss, and branches create unique terrariums and planters. Her store is the perfect place to spend a few hours on a Sunday afternoon without walking to a park. A little bit of spring on a cold winter day. Mika looks forward to seeing you soon! Visit her site: https://mikafleur.weebly.com/

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