Yuka Murakami

Tokio Story
2018, video, 8:00

In remembrance of the Tokio Florist, a floral shop owned by Japanese Americans Frank and Sumi Kozawa in Silverlake, Los Angeles. With the unique style of 1920’s LA architecture, the building and landscape of Tokio Florist was characteristic to its time, not only in design but also the Japanese American community, who play a large role in the agricultural history of Southern California. The shop closed in 2006 after Sumi passed away; this film was made in request by her daughter to remember the house she grew up in, the daily sounds of exchange between her mother and customers, and the spirited rooms, garden, fields, and halls of this extraordinary yet familiar flower market home.

This film is a production of the Watase Media Arts Center at JANM.