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Fake Lotus

Bergenia leaf, Roses, gold painted Lotus pod.Naturalistic freestyle, Lotus pond.Lotus is one of the most beloved flowers in Japan, symbolizing purity, enlightenment and self-regeneration. It's not...

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Kiku and Double Nine

Today, the ninth day of the ninth month, is the day of the the Chrysanthemum Festival, Kiku Matsuri. It's the fifth and final of a series of seasonal festivals, the Go-Sekku. The Chrysanthemum, Kiku in...

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Tea House Revisited

This morning I went to The Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm for an ikebana demonstration and workshop. I will write more about the activities later. In this posting I just wanted to show you some...

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Bamboo and Chrysanthemum

I found this gorgeous photo of two Maiko (Apprentice Geisha) seated next to a bamboo vase with a Chrysanthemum Ikebana arrangement, and wanted to share it with you. Note the placement of the "window"...

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Morning Glory

Morning glory / Large bindweed (Calystegia sepium).Naturalistic freestyle.The flower of the Morning glory opens early in the morning and lasts for one day only. Not a very  long-lasting friend in other...

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Light and Darkness - Ichyio Demonstration

One of the ikebana practitioners that I have come in contact with by writing this blog is Kathleen Adair, Junior Executive Master of the Ichiyo School in Tokyo. Through our exchange of e-mails Kathleen...

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Workshop Exercises - Seeing Through Another's Eyes

As mentioned in a previous blog post I attended ikebana workshops in Stockholm a few weeks ago. The workshops were with sensei Kathleen Adair from the Ichiyo School in Tokyo. Both the Ichiyo School and...

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Farewell to Summer - Traditional and Contemporary

Hedge Cotoneaster and Rose.Moribana slanting style variation no 1.It's definitely time to say farewell to summer. Although this summer has been unusually warm and long it's now already Mid-Autumn....

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Japanese Ikebana for Every Season

I recently got the book Japanese Ikebana for Every Season as a gift from a friend in Japan. It's an inspiring book written by Yuji Ueno and Rie Imai, and photographed by Noboru Murata.Ueno is an...

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Monk Sips His Morning Tea

Chrysanthemumsilence - monksips his morning tea.Matsuo BashoChrysanthemum, Japenese maple and pine.Old tea box.Naturalistic freestyle.Haiku from:On Love and Barley: Haiku of BashoTrans. from Japanese...

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Bento Box Leftover Ikebana - The Rhythm of The Way of Flowers

One of my former ikebana students told me that although he really liked the ikebana classes, there was one thing that had been a disappointment to him. Knowing that ikebana is a deeply spiritual art...

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Autumn Miniatures

Male fern, Calla lily, Chrysanthemum, Flax, Snowberry, autumn leaf, Physalis,Gladiolus, Common polypody (fern), red berries.Miniature porcelain vases.Miniature ikebana is a style developed by Kasumi...

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Ichiyo Ikebana Live 2014

I've been posting quite a bit about Ichiyo ikebana this autumn. This video is from this year's Ichiyo ikebana live, taking place in Tokyo in July. It's a stage performance with the iemto Akihiro Kasuya...

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The Most Wabi-Sabi Month of The Year

Autumn in ikebana is characterized by a sentiment of melancholy. Autumn is the time of the year when the wabi-sabi quality in things surrounding us is at its strongest. It has been said that October is...

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Utsurawa-ba in Oiso

It's been a while since I posted a video with the guys in Utsurawa-ba. Imai So-Sen (Ikebana) and Koyu (electric bass) are back in a larger format than the usual bar setting. This time with a...

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Woodland Soft Mass

Wood Horsetail (Equisetum sylvaticum) Cala lilies and Carnation.The contrast and balance between lines and masses is one of the most characteristic features of contemporary ikebana. Sometimes the...

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Yuji Ueno Live at Connecticut College

We leave digital footprints wherever we go these days, not every step we take ends up on YouTube though. This video reports from ikebana artist Yuji Ueno's visit to Connecticut College. Using rocks and...

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Renka - Playful and Rhythmical

What would you do if someone gave you five minutes to create an ikebana arrangement?  I have been surprised many times when I have looked at the watch after spending more than an hour on an...

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Haiku Interpretations

Bulrush, Aspedistra, Stock.Straight and curved lines, focusing on water.Over the suspended bridgein mad confusioncold lines of rainThis haiku is supposedly by Yosa Buson (1716-1784), but I haven't been...

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Rimpa Inspiration

Rimpa inspired ikebana, Autumn Landscape.Iris, Ornamental cabbage, yellow and purple Chrysanthemum, Ornithogalum.Five materials, multiple containers.Rimpa style ikebana is one of the trade marks of the...

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