PAST EVENT: ‘Japanese Should to English Could?’ – Sansho Living x Aoyama Flower Market Pop Up at Sway Gallery

PAST EVENT: ‘Japanese Should to English Could?’ – Sansho Living x Aoyama Flower Market Pop Up at Sway Gallery

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【3rd June – 7th June 2019】

GALLERY TALK ‘’The Beauty of Imperfection’’: Thursday 6th June at 19:00

Monday 3rd June 11am- Bonkei Class
Tuesday 4th June 6pm – Vase Arranging Class
Wednesday 5th June 6pm – Bonkei Class (fully booked)
Friday 7th June 11am – Vase Arranging Class
For more details and to reserve space at the classes, visit

Sansho Living is proud to showcase unique and beautiful Japanese ceramics and homeware, including flower vases, fruit bowls and lampshades all suitable for everyday, western lifestyle.
On Thursday, 6th June 2019, Sansho Living will lead a seminar The Beauty of Imperfection to introduce the participants to the philosophy of traditional Japanese aesthetics wabi-sabi, which promotes the acceptance of transience and imperfection.
The head florist of Aoyama Flower Market will talk about how to express the Japanese aesthetic in your flower arranging. Starting by covering the history and basics of Ikebana, traditional Japanese flower arranging, he will show how imperfection is introduced through asymmetry, incompleteness and subtraction. All of these themes will then be expanded on using seasonal English flowers and arrangements.
The head florist at Aoyama Flower Market will also guide the Flower Arranging and Bonkei Classes, on four different dates, at Sway Gallery London.


Sansho Living works with craftsmen and creators all across Japan to make the homeware which is both functional and beautiful. These products combine the Japanese tradition with the modern approach, resulting in the tactile and special products, like tableware, convenient for everyday use. The variety of products includes not only pottery, but also rattan interiors, lampshades made of Japanese paper, cushions and other soft interiors.

Aoyama Flower Market was established in 1989 in the exclusive Aoyama district of Tokyo, and has opened the 100th store in Japan in 2018. After opening the first overseas shop in 2015 in Paris, they have also opened their shop in the centre of London, in Selfridges.

Flower Arranging and Bonkei Classes:
The head florist at Aoyama Flower Market will demonstrate the art ofcombining the aspects of Japanese flower arrangement and ikebana, like the naturalistic elements and asymmetry, with a more traditional European style of bouquet to create elegant and interesting arrangements. Nature will be brought indoors, by using common, seasonal plants and branches along with flowers to celebrate the natural beauty all around us.

During the Bonkei class, the participants will be shown how to construct a miniature Bonkei garden, with just moss, stones and trees. Any container can be transformed into a beautiful temporary garden which will bring peace and greenery to any house.

These 1 hour long classes will guide throughout the whole flower arrangement process with ample opportunities to ask questions.
MON-FRI 11:00-19:00
SAT and SUN by appointment (buyers only)