|HQ Location||Osaka, Japan|
|Team Size||46 (Nov. 2019)|
SORA BOTANICAL GARDEN Project is a Japanese horticultural studio led by Seijun Nishihata.
SORA sources and builds inspired plant-based experiences around the world. The studio is known for experiential landscapes, rare plant import/export, and plant expertise.
SORA is headquartered at its 11-acre Osaka mountaintop farm with 8 greenhouses and extensive grounds with over 1,000 varieties of plants.
- A.Project Production + Direction + Advisory
- B.Landscape Design
- C.Landscape Design + Construction + Landscaping
- D.Plants + Garden Products Supply
- E.Spatial Design + Event Production + Stage Production
- F.Plant Rental
- G.Plant Care and Management
- H.Plant Wholesale
- Company Logo
- Seijun Profile photo
- Company photo : Osaka farm
Seijun Nishihata is Japan’s most celebrated plant hunter and landscape designer. For over 18 years, Seijun has brought people closer to nature through the power, language, and beauty of plants.
Seijun founded SORA BOTANICAL GARDEN Project in 2012. He led the Japanese horticultural studio to an international following, with botanical experiences and partners found throughout the globe. His collaborators include government institutions, royal families, and companies such as SONY, FENDI, NISSAN, WEDGEWOOD, Gardens by the Bay, Henderson Development, Central group, SK group, HYATT, NHK, and more.
Seijun’s collection of plants at SORA exceeds 1,000 varieties, and the company delivers on average over 250t of plants internationally and domestically each year.
When Seijun is not fielding requests for projects, he works as a botanical consultant and produces his own innovative, unique events. Seijun has written 6 books, and given countless lectures and interviews to international media. Most recently Seijun produced the Greatest Christmas Tree project in Kobe, an event where Seijun brought the world’s largest organic Christmas tree to an audience of over 1.4 million visitors.
Apart from serving as the creative lead and chief consultant behind all of SORA’s projects, Seijun is the Green Director of Tokiwa Museum. Seijun has served as a Kyushu National Museum Advisor, Ambassador of the City of Kawanishi, and as the Director of Redevelopment of the City of Ikeda. He was honored by the mayor of Kawanishi, a recipient of the Roof-Wall Urban Greening Chairman’s Award and the City of Kawanishi Cultural Award, and named as the Change Maker of the Year in 2015 by Cartier and Nikkei BP. Seijun has even modeled a fleece jacket for Uniqlo.
Seijun was born into a family with a history of over 150 years in the horticultural industry. From a young age he could be found hiking in the pursuit of awe-inspiring plants. Nowadays, Seijun can be found with his wife and two children — climbing trees, splashing in rivers, and surfing. His love of nature is at the center of everything he does.