Omori Japanese Street Flowers

When I travel, the wealth of small but remarkable ideas that passes before my eyes always pleases me.  Doing a little desktop travel to the village of Omori, Japan which is in the Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Site, I discovered a beautiful tradition that I would love to see in more places.

omori japanese street flowers

The main street of the town dates from the 1500’s and you can see where the samurai lived as well as magistrates and merchants that were part of the economy of the local silver mine.   It looks to be a remarkable destination full of Edo period buildings that have been restored.

But there is a beautiful tradition here that I would love to see everywhere.  The residents keep small flower arrangements outside of their homes as a way of decorating their residences.

All of these pictures (and more) were taken in a 1/2 hour walk up the main street of Omori….Lovely right?

Images from Ojisan Jake

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. Shannon Kelly on April 13, 2012 at 7:51 am


    Thanks for sharing. Beautiful. If you are ever in Switzerland, they honor their dead in a similar way. Many leave fresh arrangements or plantings in their family’s plot. It is amazing!

  2. Kristin (GardenLust) on April 13, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I am inspired by this streetside beauty…thanks for the post!

  3. Louise on April 16, 2012 at 8:06 am

    The ephemeral beauty is rather breathtaking compared to our use of sturdy stone (or plastic) containers., don’t you think? (maybe I mean poetic)

  4. California Callie on April 17, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I love to walk along with such a beautiful garden. Nice post!

  5. Landscape Designers on April 17, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    wow, these flowers are so beautiful and i hope the fragrance would also be as sweet as their look. i wish i have a routine pass by in such kind of streets.

    ~Aansy Stone

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