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Paper

Paper made from Mulberry bark, branch with moss, Hydrangea.Handmade paper, Washi, has a long an proud history in Japan. Today fewer and fewer know the traditional craft of paper making. The paper is...

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Kanji Mixup

Dried and fresh Aspidistra leaves, Ornithogalum, Bouvardia.Curved and straight lines."What is it in kanji?" - When asking about the meaning of a Japanese word I often get this question back. The...

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Hanaike Battle 2014-15

The Hanaike Battle is a yearly event taking place in Japan. Ikebana artists are competing live and before an audience over five qualifying heats and a grand finale. The finale of the 2014 battle was...

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Time for Hanami!

Welcome to the 2015 hanami day at Historical Museum in Oslo on Sunday March 15th, 13:00-15:00.  Although spring is in the air it's far to early for cherry blossoms in Oslo, but we're all seriously...

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Of Mice and Flowers

Plastic building material, Aspidistra, Pincushion flower.Curved, straight and radiating lines.With the introduction of abstract freestyle ikebana came a strong trend, in the postwar period, of...

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An Unexpected Meeting

Flexible metal pipe, jute fibre, polyester rope, Calla lily 'Green Goddess'."I see trees differently after I started studying ikebana" - the words were my class mate's when we sat on the bus on the way...

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Contrasting Branches

Apple branches, Macedonian pine, Forsythia.Using branches only.Sometimes things becomes clearer when you see them in relation to their opposite. The differences helps define what I'm not and who I...

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Camille Henrot - ‘Is it possible to be revolutionary and like flowers?’

Have you also heard the statement "Ikebana is art!", and wondered what it really means?From the advent of contemporary ikebana, and especially after World war 2, the discussion on ikebana has been...

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Guests for Easter

Japanese Fantail Willow, mini Gerbera, Blue Thuja.Ukibana, floating arrangement.Easter is a big holiday here in Scandinavia. It marks the beginning of spring after the long winter and is a very happy...

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Happy Easter

Linden branches, Daffodil, Hellebore, Thuja.Variation no.3 (fan style) slanting moribana.Easter gives hope for tomorrow, as after the winter comes spring.

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Holiday Cinema - Revealing the Full Potential of Flowers

I found a really nice ikebana video that I want to share with you. If you can spare 30 minutes of your time, it well spent in my holiday cinema.This video takes us to Kyoto, the old capital of Japan...

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The 49th Spring

Birch, Hydrangea, bamboo vases.first spring morningmy 49th yearof blossomsHaiku by Issa, 1811

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Lines of Springtime

Curved lines.Linden branches, Muscari grass, Hellebore.In the Spring season it is still so much easier to see the  lines of tree branches, than when the leaves have sprung and the tree crowns turns...

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Curved Lines in Basic Styles

Alder branches, Tulips, pine.Variation no. 2, slanting moribana.It's fun to play with curved lines in freestyle arrangements, but the energetic curves of springtime can also be expressed in basic...

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Girl Power

Forsythia and Calla lily 'Flamingo'.Without kenzan.The typical flowers for Girl's day, or Hinamatsuri on March 3rd., are pink Peach blossoms and yellow Rape flowers (Brassica napus). Pretty and humble,...

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Two Groups in Two Ways

Goat Willow (Salix caprea), Eustoma, Spirea.Kabuwake freestyle.Did you ever notice that branches of Goat Willow can have a quite strong colour? I was so surprised by the shiny yellow and red branches...

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Crossing the Water

Forsythia, Cymbidium orchid and stones.Focus on water, 'bridge arrangement'.Water is essential for life and is also a very important element in ikebana. Water is life giving, refreshing and cooling,...

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The Last Sweet Cherry

Sweet cherry and Carnations.Variation no. 4, slanting moribana.There are many kinds of cherry trees. The Japanese count well over 300 different kinds of Sakura including wild ones and cultivars.The...

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Hanakubari Workshop

The last weekend Ikebana International Oslo Chapter organized a two days workshop on Hanakubari techniques. We were lucky to have Yasuko Oki to teach us, and the workshop was quickly filled up with 21...

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Sakura Poetry

Sweet cherry, Statice, Pine.Variation no. 1, upright nageire.click-clackgo the wooden clogs...cherry blossoms!.からからと下駄をならして桜哉kara-kara to geta wo narashite sakura kanaHaiku by Issa 1811(Translation by...

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