Kurimoto Japanese Garden Spring Festival

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On June 7th, our EJCA Ikebana Club participated in the yearly Spring festival at the Kurimoto Japanese Garden, a special area of the Devonian Gardens of the University of Alberta. This is a cultural event in which many of the clubs sponsored by the Edmonton Japanese Community Association choose to participate. Our Ikebana Club offered both a demonstration and an exhibition of arrangements done on location by myself, my devoted assistant, Brenda , and a number of students whose arrangements will be identified by their name tag. For a detailed view of the exhibition please see the Club’s web page. Each of the images can be enlarged by clicking on it.

Rikka Shimputai Featured at the Garden entrance.

Rikka Shimputai Featured at the Garden entrance.

Texas’ Chapter Anniversary Exhibition

The two arrangements above were contributed by visiting professors from Japan who, along with the Headmaster Sen’ei Ikenobo, honoured the attendees by their presence, their arrangements and their teaching, which will be the subject of another post. I wanted to offer an extensive coverage of the exhibition but, unfortunately, my photography was not good enough and, therefore, what follows is a mere selection of what was on exhibit. On this occasion, I did miss my official photographer.

Headmaster Sen’ei Ikenobo in Houston

Headmaster Sene'ei Ikenobo with Mrs. LaVerl Daily,president of the Rexas Chapter.

Headmaster Sene’ei Ikenobo with Mrs. LaVerl Daily, president of the Texas Chapter.

When it comes to ikebana, I have a lot of catching up to do as I have to cover activities that have taken place between May 28th and June 7th. The report will take place over several posts and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did the activities.

On May 28th and 29, the Texas Ikenobo Ikebana Chapter celebrated it’s 50th Anniversary, and the event opened on the 28th with a large exhibition of arrangements by members of the Chapter, and the exhibition, as customary, was reviewed by the Headmaster. In the foyer, leading to the exhibition room, stood the Headmaster’s own Rikka Shimputai.

Rikka Shimputai by Sen"ei Ikenobo.

Rikka Shimputai by Sen’ei Ikenobo.

The major attraction, however, came in the afternoon when Sen’ei Ikenobo performed a much anticipated demonstration during which he composed six different arrangements, three shoka shimputai, two jiyuka (free style), and one rikka shimputai. It must be noted that Sen’ei Ikenobo created these new styles, the shoka shimputai in 1977, and the rikka shimputai in 1999. Both of these styles were introduced in order to make Ikenobo ikebana better reflect contemporary sensibilities, yet retaining “the traditional and formal sense of beauty which, over many generations have come to mark Ikenobo rikka” and shoka.

The beginning of the demonstration with the insertion of the first yakueda.

The beginning of the demonstration with the insertion of the first few yakuedas (or stems).

The demonstration was followed, as usual, by a Reishiki-ike which is a ceremonial and moving type of arrangement done in three parts. Professor Shinobu Akino made the arrangement assisted by Professor Taichi Inoue.

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