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Meet Mami Ogata of The Healing Arts in Central

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mami Ogata.

Mami, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have loved nature since I was very young and living in Japan. I would plant seeds from persimmon fruits. My profession was as an office worker; I studied Ikebana, Japanese flower design, in my free time. I was happiest during those times. After moving to Dallas, Texas, I worked in retail flower shops, studying American flower design and techniques, and opened my floral event business in 2003. I recently celebrated my 27th year in the flower industry.

Four years ago, I visited Japan. I am always interested in new floral techniques and enrolled in a course called Hana (flower) therapy after reading about it online. The technique, which I feel is best described to an American audience as Hana (flower) therapy, is a way for me to meld my experiences working with flowers with my desire to help people heal. Now I will start online Hana Therapy courses.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I don’t think anyone is on a smooth path. Everyone, like everyone, lives with the painful experiences and challenges of life. But I think it’s happening because we needed it. So my hardships and challenges brought me wonderful learning.

Please tell us about your work.
As a flower therapy instructor, I help you open and heal your heart. Flower therapy is a psychology-based method of healing yourself and others using fresh flowers. I was directly instructed by a flower therapy instructor named Katsuko Aoyama, the chairman of the Japan International Flower and Green Association, who built this method. There are currently about 300 instructor registrants in Japan, but I am the only one in the United States.

Now, there are many people around the world in the midst of confusion and hardship, feeling fear and anxiety. I hope everyone will know that flowers and greenery have energy to heal people. Flowers are not gifts or expensive items that cannot be reached. They are around us to heal people. We work every day to make flowers and greens accessible to people. I will be a sender who heals people with flowers here in the United States and help spread smiles all over the world.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
The world is now the age of SNS. Connect online with people from all over the world. This is my first attempt to provide flower therapy online. I think there is trial and error, but I would like to have fun and focus on this project. Helping heal those in distress and teaching others to follow in my footsteps.

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