IKEBANA, the Japanese art of flower arrangement has caught the “fever” of flower enthusiasts; in fact, Sogetsu, a school of Ikebana has a local association born thirty years ago with members nationwide. Today, Ikebana practitioners ranging from all ages come together to learn the art and express their creativeness through it.
With Flower Focus as its theme, Sogetsu Ikebana mounted an exhibit to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Some 60 members of the association from Manila and the provinces participated with arrangements featuring different kinds of flowers with the exhibitor’s flower of choice featured in his/her own arrangement: carnations, orchids, sunflowers, calla lilies, heliconias, mums, chrysanthemums and dahlias.
The Sogetsu School of Ikebana, founded by Sofu Teshigahara allows the arranger freedom of expression by incorporating the use of unconventional materials. “Sogetsu can be done by anyone, anywhere, any time with any kind of materials so long as it conforms with the basic rules of shape line & form”. This is in contrast to the rigid rules found in older classical Ikebana styles such as Ikenobo.
Part of the exhibit were demonstrations of Nageiri & Moribana styles of Sogetsu by teachers of Sogetsu. Nageiri utilizes fresh and spontaneous designs that adhere only loosely to the classical principles of triangular structure and color harmony while Moribana uses one or more clusters of arrangements to replicate how water plants grow and how creatures move around in natural ponds.
The exhibit was opened by Madam Ihoko Haneda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines assisted by Margot Perez and Virgie Cheng, Director & Vice Director of Sogetsu Ikebana Manila.