The Vancouver Ikebana Association and Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre proudly announce the return of the Ikebana Spring Show 2023 – The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging, to be held on Saturday, May 6, from 11am to 4pm, and on Sunday, May 7, from 10am to 3pm.
This event, which will take place at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, will feature around 60 magnificent display of four schools of Japanese flower arrangement that are active in the Metro Vancouver area. Attendees will be treated to the beauty of the arrangements created by talented ikebana artists who will showcase their creativity and expertise in the art of Japanese floral design.
Four different schools of ikebana will be featured:
IKENOBO –– Demonstrations: May 7 (sun) 12pm, Workshops: May 6 (sat) 11am
Ikenobo is the origin of Ikebana with a history of more than 550 years. The Ikenobo encompasses both on traditional and modern, the two continually interacting to encourage new development in today’s ikebana. No matter big or small, our arrangement carries the Japanese culture and respects the nature. When we sense plant’s unspoken words and silent movements we intensify our impressions through form, a form which becomes ikebana.
SANGETSU –– Demonstrations: May 6 (sat) 12pm, Workshops: May 6 (sat) 3pm
The Sangetsu School of ikebana was established in 1972 in Atami, Japan. Two parts nature, one part technique is the motto of this school. Arranging naturally is the focus of Sangetsu, as well as four other guidelines which include harmony, arranging quickly, as if painting a picture, and arranging with joy.
SOGETSU –– Demonstrations: May 6 (sat) 2pm, Workshops: May 7 (sun) 11am
The Sogetsu School of ikebana is one of the largest and most modern with its approach to technique, design, materials and outlook. Sogetsu practitioners are encouraged to use their individuality in their arrangements, by looking at their materials with fresh eyes. The connection of humans with nature brings a new life to materials that does not exist in the natural state, and this is the essence of Sogetsu ikebana.
KADO SUMI –– The Kado Sumi School was founded by Reicho Sumi who studied in Japan under the Ikebana master Choka Adachi, Kado Sumi students learn the design concepts of line, form and shape. By arranging floral materials to complement their natural beauty, Kado Sumi demonstrates that a tiny flower or leaf reflects beauty as much as their larger counterparts. The graceful lines, natural shapes and proportions of Kado Sumi arrangements are the creative expression of an appreciation of Nature’s beauty.
For those interested in learning more about ikebana, the event offers demonstration and hands-on workshops, dates and times listed above. Attendees can learn basic techniques of Japanese floral design in an easy to understand way.
This year, visitors will also have the opportunity to view a display by the Nikkei Bonsai Society in the lobby. The display will feature an array of bonsai trees, each of which is a living work of art, carefully cultivated and pruned to achieve a miniature representation of nature.
Admission to the Ikebana Spring Show 2023 is free, with donations gratefully accepted. This event is a wonderful opportunity to experience the beauty and elegance of Japanese flower arranging, and to learn more about the rich cultural traditions of Japan.
Workshop fee required ($33), please go to the link below for pre-registration:
The Vancouver Ikebana Association promotes the awareness and appreciation of Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, through displays, workshops and cultural events in British Columbia.
The Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre‘s mission is to honour, preserve and share the history and heritage of Japanese Canadians and Japanese culture in Canada.