TOKYO, Japan: A grand opening, busy aisles, full booths and an exciting array of new flowers and plants were the rule of the day for yesterday’s opening of the 13th annual Ifex show at Makuhari Messe in Tokyo, Japan. Show organiser Mr. Satoshi Watanabe said, “We have had a fantastic start.”
This year’s show promises something to suit industry professionals of all ages and tastes as it welcomes exhibitors and traders from around the world.
Now in their 13th and 10th year respectively, IFEX and GARDEX will bring together over 830 exhibitors, making the combined event Japan’s premier horticultural trade event. “It is the best place to make new discovery, find suppliers/partners, and learn the trends in Japan and Asia”, said Watanabe.
IFEX is the ideal platform gathering exhibitors with flowers/plants, floristry items and horticultural equipment. If you are looking for high-quality Japanese flowers and bonsai trees, IFEX is THE place to be.
Participating in this year’s event are exhibitors from various prefectures such as Fukuoka prefecture, Chiba prefecture, Gifu prefecture, Kochi prefecture, Oita prefecture and Saitama prefecture. All of these growers are eager to export their specialty plants. From the early morning hours on, Omiya Bonsai, Japan’s famous bonsai grower as well as Japan’s leading orchids grower, Sheena Orchid boosted traffic at their booths with their top quality products.
This year’s show will be bursting of activity. The IFEX Flower Awards, for example, is a special event to choose the future best-selling varieties.
Now in its second year, the IFEX Flower Awards will welcome well-known floral artists, presidents from Japan’s leading flower markets and flower shops as judges of the awards.
Ikebana gura and TV celebrity Mr. Shogo Kariyazaki, Head of Kariyazaki Flower Professional Education School and Mr. Laurent Borniche, President of Laurent. B Bouquetier and a Parisian flower artist known for his unique French style flower arrangements are two of our judges that will be deciding the future best sells. It is expected that this year 150 varieties will battle it out to win the highest award.