Book of Sayoko Yasuda – Somebana – Proud roses in full blossom


Let’s go… I start making flowers from the books of Sayoko Yasuda, the queen of the rose, great Japanese flower artist recognized and respected by everyone. She creates very particular, very artistic roses from nearly 50 years and founded a school in Japan (Somebana School, school teaching the flower making stressing the accent on the flower painting – Somebana means “Dyed Flower”). She also gives private courses in Japan, Russia, etc…
For your information, there are several schools making flowers in Japan (nunobana, somehana, tanjobana, somehana, kawa no hana…) each one having its peculiarities.The 1st: Somebana – Proud roses in full blossom.

I bought 3 books of her until now:

The 1st: Somebana – Proud roses in full blossom.
This is the one I will start with. This is a flower that particularly attracts me, which is so beautiful and romantic…
The 2nd: Somebana – National Flowers.
It’s a world tour of the emblematic flowers of each country.
The 3rd: Somebana – Silk Illusion.
Varied flowers are proposed.  There is also foliage and this is interesting if one plans to make flower arrangements or bunches.

Each flower of her books has its photo on one page, a table with the various parts of the flower, how many petals and leaves you need, the materials to use. Another table shows the colors to use and their amount (based on the paints used by the designer). I have not the same paint so that I do what I want and let go my own creativity.


Here is the 1st rose of the book:

I kept the blue colors but more marked using a bright peacock blue paint, added some touches of black-dark grey and kept some white parts.
For the leaves, I use olive green with touches of violet aubergine that gives them beautiful shades.

Here are the cut and painted parts on silk satin.











  1. Denise Bromley

    Are the books in English?
    Thank you

    • Manuela Biocca

      Hi Denise. Thank you for your interest.
      The books are in Japanese but thanks to recurring signs (for example for petals ans leaves, size of the stem to use, the colors’ abreviations) and the good images you can understand most of the process.
      When you know how to use the tools, you can understand how the shape of the petals and leaves has been made.
      I hope that my explanations will help you.


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