Our First Ikebana

As spring broke over our cold old apartment in Japan, we were fortunate enough to be invited to sample Ikebana.

A colleague at work had heard through the rumour-mill that Dan and I were interested in taking part in this traditional Japanese activity. She very kindly arranged for us to have an afternoon lesson, enjoying both flowers, spring and matcha tea. Ikebana is the art of flower arrangement and has a long-standing history and philosophy: “It is a disciplined art form in which the arrangement is a living thing where nature and humanity are brought together.” (Ikebana International)

Ikebana is the art of flower arrangement and has a long-standing history and philosophy: “It is a disciplined art form in which the arrangement is a living thing where nature and humanity are brought together.” (Ikebana International)

There are three different forms of Ikebana, we started with the beginners ‘free form’. This still had a few set rules, such as the most beautiful flower must take centre stage but with the base covered.

On our first attempt, we managed to free form and create some pretty nice designs, as far as I am concerned! Our teacher, the very kind mother of my lovely teacher,  was also very impressed (or just extremely kind…) Judge for yourself…

#Yamaguchi

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