As previously mentioned, I was invited to do an ikebana demonstration during the Hina Matsuri Festival at the Edmonton Japanese Community Association. I was also asked to provide an arrangement for the tea ceremony, such an arrangement is called Chabana, which literally translate as tea flowers. The chabana is one of the oldest styles of Japanese flower arrangements. I will provide pictures of all arrangements later on. The chabana becomes one of the focal points in the tea room. It must remain very simple, quiet, respecting the shusho, the inherent quality of the plant. It is often arranged in a basket, as I have done. See picture below.
During the demonstration I wanted to give a quick overview of what ikebana could be like when arranged within the tradition of Ikenobo, the oldest school of ikebana, having been around for more than 550 years. I first arranged the classical shoka depicted above. In Japan, for Hina Matsuri, plum or cherry blossoms would normally be used. I had access to pink nectarine blossoms, a most adequate substitute. Anemone are used to complete the nishuike, or two material arrangement. The rich pink flowers offer a dramatic complement to this classic ikebana arrangement.
The second arrangement is a modern shoka called shoka shimputai, introduced in 1978 by our present Headmaster, Sen’ei Ikenobo. In this shimputai I used grevillea shrimp as my main element, the anthurium as supporting actor and the yellow freesia as complement.
For the final arrangement, I arranged a freestyle, jiyuka, composed of fern, freesia and grevillea.