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Spring Gardens

After a long period of gray and rainy weather in Portland the sun eventually came through. What a stroke of luck for us visitors! The spring gardens performed at their very best.Shuho IkebanaBoth...

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Trying out Ikebana with Shippo

Seika shape using Shippo fixing.Aspidistra.While I was in Portland I also contacted my FaceBook friend David Komeiji. He is the head of the Saga Goryu School of ikebana in Portland. The Saga Goryu...

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Seattle Performance - A Blossom Cut by a Stone's Shadow

These are photos from my performance A Blossom Cut by a Stone's Shadow presented by INCA Seattle. The location was the covered courtyard outside the Cornish Playhouse, in the Seattle Center, a landmark...

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"Ikebana" by Matthew Donaldson

Beautifully done and just two minutes long - take a look at this video with Sogetsu ikebana artist Eikou Sumura:"“Ikebana expresses not only the beauty of flowers,” says the Sogetsu School's Eikou...

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Magnolia

Spring came quickly and with an enormous energy this year. Everything is blooming much earlier than we're used to. In Oslo Botanical Garden right next where I live there are already three species of...

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Nageire Practice

Working with nageire (ikebana in a tall vase) is a lot like the woodwork I remember from the boy scouts. Cutting kubari sticks, splitting, tying, and making a firm construction.When teaching my ikebana...

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Water and Land

Lilac (Syringa Vulgaris) and Narcissus 'Bridal crown'.Guakugatte Futakabu-ike Suiriku-ike.One of the most popular seika arrangements is the water and land style. This is also one of my favorites. The...

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Designed for Flowers - Opening Lecture on Ikebana

I rarely find interesting lectures on ikebana online. This one is from the opening of the exhibition Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore,...

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Summer Breeze in Winter Branches

Three Auspicious Friends on Summer Vacation.Inspired by traditional Seika style.Pine, Bamboo and Plum, the Three Friends of Winter, is a well known motive in Chinese and East Asian painting and...

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Playing With Boats

A couple of weeks ago the Oslo Chapter of Ikebana International arranged an outing with ikebana work and a visit to a ceramicist studio. The weather turned out wonderful so we could put up our work...

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Uppsala: Ikebana and Contemporary Plant Art

The Botanical Gardens of Uppsala, Sweden, is hosting an interesting exhibition this summer. Featuring two highly experienced ikebana artists, Hiroki Ohara, headmaster of the Ohara School, and Katsuhito...

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Opening - Ikebana and Contemporary Plant Art

Last Saturday I went to Uppsala in Sweden to attend the opening of the exhibition Ikebana and Contemporary Plant Art in the Botanical Garden. I had a great time and met some interesting people. I have...

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Performance - Ikebana and Contemporary Plant Art

This is the second post with pictures from the opening of the exhibition Ikebana and Contemporary Plant Art in the Botanical Garden of Uppsala, Sweden. Contemporary flower artist Takaya from Kyoto is...

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Hanayuishi Takaya - Performance Video

Uppsala University has uploaded a short video of Takaya's installation held at the opening of the exhibition Ikebana and Contemporary Plant Art, June 14, 2014.Artist: Hanayuishi TakayaMusic:...

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Portland - Sogetsu Ikebana Rose Festival Exhibition 2014

I found this video of this years Portland Rose Festival ikebana exhibition. I visited the Portland, Oregon branch of Sogetsu ikebana earlier this year and was happy to find a video of their most resent...

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Branches Sweeping Over a Valley

Bamboo vase, Seika style.Pear branches, Aster, Carnations.Long overdue, I'm posting the last of this spring terms exercises with arrangements inspired by the traditional Seika style. I love bamboo...

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Three Iconic Vases

The use of bamboo vases in ikebana goes back to the tea masters of the 16th century. Using natural bamboo, so to say from the backyard, was a reaction to the lavish and overloaded esthetics of the...

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100 Years Later - Performance by Shuhô

Earlier this year I posted a note about a performance by ikebana artist Shuhô in the Portland Japanese Garden. I was happy to find her again on YouTube with a performance video from Palais de Tokyo in...

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How to Make a Flower Vase - Bamboo Cylinder

Since I've been posting about bamboo vases and traditional Seika arrangements recently I came to think about this video that I saw on YouTube a while ago. Master bamboo artist, Shosai Tanaka from...

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Tea Ceremony in the Opera House

Chinese soprano Hui He plays the role of Butterfly in Puccini's Opera Madama Butterfly at the Opera House in Oslo this season. The building itself is a quite famous sculptural complex by Snøhetta...

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