Category Archives: Ikebana

Choosing Chinese Characters for My Flower Name

In addition to choosing Rindou (Gentian) as a personal flower name after completing my Sogetsu Ikebana Level 4 Certificate, I was informed that I would need to select Chinese characters with which to write the name—one for each syllable rin … Continue reading

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A New Point of View

4.17 Arrangement with Plants on a Wall In her New York Times best-selling book Stress Less, Accomplish More, Emily Fletcher (founder of Ziva Meditation the world’s first online meditation training program) believes that attempts to judge any creative endeavor and … Continue reading

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A New Name

A few months ago, my friend Azusa and I sat with our smart phones in a crowded Omotesando yakitori bar. Between delicious skewers of chicken, various delectable side dishes, wine and Japanese highball (a whisky-based soda drink the Japanese have … Continue reading

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Small Successes in My Ikebana Studies in Tokyo 5

4—[18] In a Suiban without Kenzan Alder (Alnus) branches and long-stemmed green roses (Rosa) in a green suiban (flat dish).

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Small Successes in My Ikebana Studies in Tokyo 4

4—[15] Keeping in Mind the view from Above Japanese witch hazel (Hamamalis japonica) branches and cosmos (Cosmos), also known as the cherry blossoms of autumn in Japan, in a two-toned blue container with five openings. In an arrangement for a … Continue reading

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Small Successes in my Ikebana Studies in Tokyo 3

4—[14] Keeping in Mind the View from Below Asparagus fern and mauve Phalaenopsis orchids in a three-throated, cream-coloured, tubular vase. Some arrangements are placed above eye level and the composition must reflect that point of view.

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Small Successes in My Ikebana Studies in Tokyo 2

4—[12] Focusing on the Uses of Water Fruiting Mikan (Citrus unshiu, or satsuma mandarin) and Pincushion Protea (Leucospermum) in a brown pottery suiban (flat dish). Not fixed with a kenzan (spiky frog). In this arrangement attention is given to the … Continue reading

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Small Successes in My Ikebana Studies in Tokyo 1

4—[8] Simplified arrangement Japanese winterberry (Illix serrata) in a red vase with two throats The objective of the arrangement is to manipulate the material by cutting, bending and removing unnecessary parts until nothing more can be removed. The ultimate aim … Continue reading

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Ikebana Progress

It’s almost possible to forget that I am in Tokyo—glorious autumnal Tokyo—to study ikebana. Classes ended for an extended period between the 20th and 29th of October due to a major exhibition at month’s end. Given that amount of time … Continue reading

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When Everything Claps

In Plautdietsch or Low German, a language used among Mennonites for more than 500 years, there’s a saying: Daut klaupt aules. Meaning everything claps. In English we say everything clicks to describe such a state of convergence. Monday’s International Class … Continue reading

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