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The Japanese Traditionalist

"After the Japanese tsunami and earthquake of March 2011, Ayumi Ikushima's Kyoto tour company lost dozens of foreign visitors. Ayumi, a specialist in the Japanese traditional garden and Ikebana,...

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Open-Air Calligraphy

Bamboo, chestnut tree branches, hemp rope and books are the materials used in this land art installation in the garden of Noailles Mediatheques in Cannes.The exhibition called Open-Air Calligraphy is...

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Invisible Ikebana - Utsurawa-ba

So-sen Imai and the concept Utsurawa-ba are back with a new performance at Bar Brim in Tokyo. This time with red autumn leaves and a clever "invisible" ikebana design. You have to look down into the...

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Whimsical bamboo sculpture - Maymont Japanese Garden

This video gives another example of bamboo installation ikebana. You may also want to have a look at these earlier blog posts for a background on the subject:Open-Air CalligraphyKawana in Moscow -...

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Land Art and Ikebana

Land Art and ikebana both acquires studying nature. It has been said that while ikebana is inspired by nature Land Art works nature. I'd say the difference is not that obvious anymore since modern...

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Leftover Ikebana

Moribana, naturalistic freestyle, mass and lines.Sunflowers, Gerbera, and dried Salix.Making something out of (almost) nothing is a fun exercise. When working with ikebana you get a lot of leftover...

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A Basket Case

Japanese bamboo baskets have a long history and have been used for many different purposes in everyday life. From the 16th century bamboo baskets have also been valued for their beauty as objects...

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Basket - A Modern Approach

Contemporary ikebana always builds on centuries of traditions. References to tradition can be hidden or obvious. Some say that there are no rules in freestyle ikebana - you just do what you like. I...

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Woven Chair Seat

Modern basket ikebana. Calla lily, pine and bamboo stick.You'll find woven baskets and other objects in most cultures. By using and old cane chair seat as an ikebana basket this arrangement gives new...

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Kaïdin - Nomadic Art on the Path of Bashô

The Museum of Asian Arts in Nice, France, invites you to follow the French Vietnamese artist Kaïdin on her nomadic wandering across Japan. Following the trail of Matsuo Bashô, the great master of haiku...

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A Collection of Baskets

The museum of decorative arts and design in Oslo hosts a small collection of Japanese bamboo baskets. The 15 ikebana baskets dates from the period 1850-1900, and they are exhibited permanently in the...

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Basket Finale

Modern basket ikebana. Bamboo sticks, Sun flowers, Gerbera, Gladiolus leaves.This welcoming sunflower "gift basket" is another modern interpretation of the tradition of using bamboo baskets in ikebana....

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Land Art - Kieta Kawasaki

I'm planning to do some research on ikebana artists who are approaching land art from an ikebana tradition. If you like you're welcome to join me on this educational trip. I'll also swing by some well...

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Munich - Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974

Right now and until end of January the exhibition Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974 can be seen at Munich based museum Haus der Kunst. This first large-scale, historical-thematic exhibition to deal...

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Abstract Interludium

Gladiolus leaves and Gerbera.Moribana, abstract free style, straight lines, surface leaves.Swedish midcentury ceramics by Rörstrand Atelje.Behind Ise Shrineunseen, hidden by the fenceBuddha enters...

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Patrick Dougherty - Twisted Logic

My journey exploring the relation between Land art and Ikebana has taken me to New Jersey's Grounds for Sculpture and Patrick Dougherty's 2004 installation Twisted Logic.Dougherty is known for working...

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International Klein Blue

Today I went to MAMAC Nice to see the exhibition Klein Byars Kapoor, featuring blue works by Yves Klein, white works by James Lee Byars and red works by Anish Kapoor. The exhibition was powerful and...

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Bilberry Intertwined

Bilberry branches and Snowberry. Nageire, abstract free style, intertwining.First snowfallingon the half-finished bridgeHaiku by Basho

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Architecture Students Experiment

A group of students at the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa School of Architecture recently went through a course in Sogetsu ikebana. "Being able to compose things, different arrangements and elements -...

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Yukio Nakagawa - Hana Gurui & Ondes Oniriques

From the start of land art it has been an art form related to conceptual art, and in some cases also to installation and performance. Some argues that land art is the correct term for conceptual art...

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