I’m so lucky that I got the free ticket for the Ikebana (生け花 Japanese Art of Arrangement) exhibition, all thanks to my friend!
The exhibition was held from 2014/10/9 until 2014/10/14 and many people came to enjoy all the different works displayed. The exhibition is unique by showing traditional Ikebana by members of Ohara School (小原流). Exhibition has been divided into different booths with different themes.
The following are the divided themes. First of all, let my pictures tell you the story.
竹の春 （Spring of Bamboo)
花野 （Wild Flower)
星月夜 （Starry Night)
秋思 (Autumn Melancholy)
行秋 （Autumn Passing By)
名月 (Harvest Moon)
I do not know much about Ikebana but I was very enjoyed the natural seasonal flora and their eye-catching displays definitely made my day. And I was like exploring myself in a rainforest because there are many species of flower and some I don’t even know what is that (it might be more fun if I get to know the species of flowers).
One of my friend is learning Ikebana currently and she told me that in ikebana, everything is taken into consideration of the smallest detail. There are including the size and the shape for the flower, trunks, leaves, and branches. It seems like very easy and freedom but there are more than a few rules for good flower arrangement. Meanwhile the container is playing an important role in flower arrangement.
And surprisingly, in Ikebana there are not bounded by just using flowers. They do use the other natural materials and unnatural ones as well. Every single artwork are beautiful innovative and their traditional technique in Ikebana is breathtaking.
Guest post by Yee Sien.