A nice way to say “thank you” to a woman is to give her some flowers. If you want to say “thank you” to Anna Hamakoji, however, you might want to buy some flowers FROM her instead.
Anna is a 33-year resident of the Tsukuba area who has a long history of helping people in the community. Her family has recently opened a new flower shop, called Blomster Anna, in the Sengen area of Tsukuba. Anna is from Sweden and “blomster” means “flower shop” in Swedish.
The shop is in a unique building that has a tree through the middle of the awning roof. In addition to flowers and potted plants, the store includes a Swedish corner where Anna displays some of her family’s Swedish paraphernalia. Some of it is for sale and some is just for show. There is also a table in the Swedish corner where you can get a drink and a free cookie or chocolate from Sweden.
The shop has a wide selection of bouquets and potted plants that would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift. You can have a look at their Mother’s Day flyer on the shop’s website.
Blomster Anna is located just off Higashi Odori, behind the red and yellow Chinrai ramen shop in Sengen, one block south of Minami Odori (map). Stop by sometime and say hi to Anna!