Shoka workshop

Joined Shoka workshop presented by Mr. Akino, senior professor of Ikenobo. The workshop was composed of study session in the morning and actual arrangement in the afternoon. As the business has been busy, it was my first time to arrange the flowers this year.

At the study session, the professor gave us some basic guide as well as thoughtful consciousness. What impressed me most was the concept that you shouldn't be a critic/commentariat. When visiting flower exhibition or looking at flowers arranged by others, many people have tendency to talk something not good about other people's arrangement. If you have contact with arrnagement by others in such a mind, you will not be able to absorb good points of others. People should remain humble.

From skill perspective, I've learned how "tame" is important. In all forms of Ikebana, plant material is straightened or bent so as to produce a line that is closer to the desired curve. We call this act of curving and shaping "tame" or "tameru".

It was pretty good refreshment for me.


生花 支部研究会




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The warm sense and floridness

Today was the last class of Japanese flower arrangement "Ikebana" this year. The theme was "Free Style" Ikebana with Cornus alba, Filicoides, Trumpet Lily, and Rose, aiming to embracing the warm sense and floridness. As Free Style doesn't have a defined form, an arrangement is greatly influenced by the experience, feelings and knowledge of the creator. Interestingly, the same materials and vase used by the different people can result in completely different arrangements. Even if people try to copy an arrangement by using same materials, it will never be exactly the same partly because they are dealing with living plants and partly because they have had different feelings, experience and knowledge.

This is the whole point about Ikebana! What feelings have you had in arranging flowers this years? It might be interesting to recall your feelings by looking at pictures taken every single time when you arranged.

Wish you all the best for your good health and happiness!

Best regard,


皆さん、こんにちは! Wisteriaです。






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Make my mind neutral

Experiencing a drop in temperature in the morning and evening, the season started to frost.
Today’s theme is a “Shoka style” with three materials: Hypericum, Cornel and Gentiana Scabra. I tried to express foliage season by taking advantage of Hypericum, but couldn’t do that to the ground…. Hence, today’s class was, for me, the one where I realized I just stand at the starting point of endless ascetic training…. orz

Moreover, today’s lesson was very fruitful to the context of where I had better things to learn. It was the lesson in which I was able to reconfirm what I demanded when starting Ikebana. That was the concept of “Tamafuri (in Japanese)”, Swinging Soul. Originally this is the concept that people can recuperate the energy of Soul by swinging the object of worship (in a Shinto shrine), but this concept would also apply for the one of Ikebana, “Make one’s mind neutral”. When I arrange flowers, I use right brain which is quite different from another brain, left brain, when I use at the time of working. By arranging flowers, I would be able to make my mind neutral.



今日の稽古は「ヒペリカム」、「ミズキ」、「リンドウ」の生花三種生。ヒペリカムをうまく使い黄葉を表現すべく悪戦苦闘。が、結果はトホホ・・・まだまだ終わらぬ修行のスタート地点に立ったと実感した稽古となりました orz



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