Japanese Flower Arrangement
Discover Ikebana, the Japanese art form of floral arrangements, with Keiko Murakami.
Ikebana has a long rich history, yet the actual origins behind the art are not clear. One of the theories is yorishiro which is an object representative of a divine spirit or object to which a spirit is drawn or summoned. The other is kuge which is an offering of flowers in Buddhism. As there is little information to support such theories, the origin continues to be uncertain. By the twelfth century, Ikebana was not only confined to temples but began to spread into common households.
The Muromachi period (1336-1573) is an era considered an important period in the history of Japanese art. It was during this period that Noh (traditional theatre play) and tea ceremonies emerged, and when painting, architecture and Japanese gardens flourished. Ikebana was no exception and was freed from being confined to cultural connection and begun to be accepted as a form of appreciation.
Today, there are hundreds of Ikebana schools, the three main schools being Ikenobo (marked 550 years of history back in 2012), Ohara (founded at the end of 19th century) and Sogetsu (founded in 1927, just over 90 years ago).
Sogetsu is considered young but is also known as creative Ikebana. Anyone can enjoy Sogetsu Ikebana anytime, anywhere, using any material. Today, Sogetsu is headed by Akane Teshigahara, granddaughter of founder Sofu who continues to develop Sogetsu Ikebana to fit into today’s era.
Throughout the workshop, you will be led by amazing Ikebana master, Keiko Murakami. Keiko began learning Sogetsu Ikebana in her mid-twenties and obtained her Sogetsu Teacher’s Certificate over twenty years ago in Japan. Keiko is lucky enough to teach a wide range of students including children as young as five years old. Through attending workshops and lessons throughout the year, Keiko continues to develop her Sogetsu Ikebana skills and expression.
Keiko will begin the session with an introduction and will then demonstrate different styles of Ikebana from beginner to advanced styles. From here, she will assist you in experiencing Ikebana for yourself where you will be able to create your own beautiful floral arrangement to take home.
Sunday 20th October
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Astute Assembly, 76 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
$65 / per person
*All materials will be supplied
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