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Tropical Materials

Tropical materials.Surfaces of leaves, keeping in mind the shape of the vase, contrast colours.I couldn't resist making a quick arrangement using a few leaves and a flower from the gardens of the hotel...

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Japanese Days – a different kind of Christmas celebration

Don't miss the opening of the Christmas exhibition at Nesodden community Center tomorrow, Saturday December 7th, at 1.15 pm. The exhibition "Japanese Days – a different kind of Christmas celebration"...

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Christmas Ikebana Exhibition

I took some photos at the opening of the exhibition "Japanese Days – a different kind of Christmas celebration" today. It's soon Christmas and a few new ideas can come in handy. The last ikebana...

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Christmas at Sogetsu, Tokyo

In this time of Christmas preparations I want to share with you this weeks ikebana arrangement from the Japanese room at Sogetsu Headquarters in Tokyo. The artist is Katei Motoe and the materials used...

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Christmas Ikebana By Megumi

One of my new discoveries in 2013 is the demonstration video series by Seattle based Sogetsu ikebana teacher Megumi Schacher. In this video she makes a Christmas arrangement in a tall vase, using a...

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Best Wishes for the Holiday Season

I'd like to thank all of my readers and contacts through 2013wishing you all a happy holiday season.

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Holiday Cinema 1: The Art and Meaning of Ikebana (1973)

Christmas and New Year is a time for festivities, but also for slowing down. I thought it would be fun to invite you to my Holiday Cinema and show some rare and interesting ikebana related videos....

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A Must See - Ikebana (1956) by Hiroshi Teshigahara

Next in my Holiday Cinema showing rare ikebana related videos is a real must see, Ikebana (1956) by Hiroshi Teshigahara. This is one of Hiroshi Teshigahara's earliest short films, 32 minutes...

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Holiday Cinema 3: Ikebana Flower Arrangement - Kasumi Teshigahara

This 20-minute TV documentary from Japanese NHK World features a step-by-step demonstration by Kasumi Teshigahra, 2nd iemoto of the Sogetsu school. She gives a beautiful and easy to follow...

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Sogetsu ikebana demonstration video New Year

Since it's New Year's Eve I'm posting a short video today. If you have read my blog you know that I have posted several demonstration videos with Sogetsu ikebana teacher Megumi Schacher. In this video...

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Holiday Cinema 5: Kawana Demonstration in Camberra 2009

Video number 5 in my holiday cinema takes us to a more recent event. In this recording from 2009 Sogetsu master teacher and ikebana artist Tetsunori Kawana guides us through a 1.5 hour demonstration...

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Daniel Rybakken - Single Flower Vase

Norwegian designer Daniel Rybakken is probably most renown for his experimenting with daylight and working to create the illusion of daylight. Don't miss out on his current show The new light at DogA...

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Naoko Tosa: Sound of IKEBANA - Four Seasons

Earlier this year, internationally-renowned media artist Naoko Tosatransformed Singapore's city skyline with an exterior projection on the ArtScience Museum façade.Shot at 2,000 frames per second using...

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Ikebana in Japan's Postwar Recovery

Today, as I was going through some old papers, I found a sheet with notes from a lecture with Dr. Nancy Stalker, from her visit in Oslo last year. Dr. Stalker is a professor of Japanese history and...

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Peaceful Harbor

Boat arrangement.Sansevieria trifasciata and Calla Lilly.The boat arrangement is a very old type of Shôka arrangement. It's usually hanging, either from the ceiling or wall-mounted, symbolizing a ship...

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Ikebana at The Art League

The Art League in Washington DC is one of many art museums around the world to regulary host popular ikebana exhibitions. The ikebana arrangements are created in dialogue with art works from the...

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One Cherry Blossom Opens

Freestyle, Sakura season.Dried branches with leaves, Ranunculus, pine.The Sakura (cherry blossom season) has reached it's peak in Kyoto. At least according to the online Cherry Blossom...

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Back in LA

I always try to find something ikebana related to do when I'm out traveling. There is so much to learn from meeting others and ikebana people are a largely welcoming species. This time in LA I hooked...

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A Beloved Japanese Garden

During our stay in Los Angeles we also made a trip to The Huntington botanical gardens in Pasadena. This institution founded by Henry E. Huntington opened to the public already in 1928. More than...

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Visiting Portland

Camellia.Nageire, naturalistic freestyle.While in Portland I was able to take an ikebana class with a very experienced Sogetsu teacher. Keiko Kodachi has been teaching ikebana in Portland since 1962...

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