Yoshimi "Shimi" Shibata, formerly president of Mt. Eden Floral Company, passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 31, 2015. "He was at home, with family present. We are grateful that he had a distinguished and fulfilling career in the flower industry that he loved so much.", the company states.

Shimi would havel turned 100 in January of 2016, however in kazoedoshi (数え年), a traditional Japanese age system, Shimi is already 100.

Earlier this year and in celebration of Yoshimi’s career and friendships formed through his involvement in the floral industry, Mt Eden Floral Company put together a short video looking back at highlights from his career. The video also touches on some of the intricacies of the floral industry that still come into play today.

This video was first screened at the CalFlowers Fun ‘N Sun Conference in Monterey, CA when Shimi was awarded the CalFlowers 2015 Distinguished Service Award.