My name is Hanako Motoya, I was born in Japan.
It was my mother's influence that first got me interested in flower arrangement and at the age of 19 I was attending the Yoyogi School of flower design.
After graduation, I worked as a florist, and a floral designer for an exhibition and display company, working with artificials trees, and flowers for art installed in hotels and restaurants.
Following this, I worked in a florist as a bridal co-ordinator, and as a freelancer.
I started learning IKEBANA under the Ohara School in Japan, at the age of 27. I have now archieved the level of "2nd degree Master".
Since my late 20s, I had longed to come to Britain and I finally came when I was 38 years old.
As part of the Ohara School of Ikebana's England chapter, I have designed and worked on exhibits for the RHS Hamptom Court Flower Show. In 2010 we achived a Bronze medal and in 2011 a Silver medal.
Other works and installacions:
- Installation for the Atrium of the Loisir Hotel, Okinawa, Japan.
- Installation for the Atrium of the Odakyu Century Sagami-Ono suit in Tokyo, Japan.
- Sport clubs established in the Green Design Hotel New Otani Makuhari in Chiba, Japan.