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November 2019

Visited Aono Tadashi’s exhibition of Iron sculpture in Ginza. He started his work in 1980 and mostly creates large Iron sculptures welded from the inside.

November 2019

Aono Tadashi Iron Sculpture.

November 2019

Aono Tadashi Iron Sculpture.

November 2019

Aono Tadashi Iron Sculpture.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters 2nd floor.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters 2nd floor.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters 2nd floor.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters 2nd floor.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters 2nd floor.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters lobby, Stone Garden.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters lobby, Stone Garden.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters lobby, Stone Garden.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters lobby, Stone Garden.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters lobby, Stone Garden.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters lobby, Stone Garden.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition 1st term at headquarters 5th floor.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition 1st term at headquarters 5th floor.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition 1st term at headquarters 5th floor.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition 1st term at headquarters 5th floor.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at Spiral Garden, wall arrangements.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at Spiral Garden, wall arrangements.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at Spiral Garden, wall arrangements.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at Spiral Garden, wall arrangements.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at Spiral Garden, wall arrangements.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at Spiral Garden, wall arrangements.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at Spiral Garden, wall arrangements.

November 2019

My arrangement (wall) at The Esplanade of Spiral Garden, 2nd term Sogetsu 101st exhibition.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters 5th floor.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters 5th floor.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters 5th floor.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters 5th floor.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters 5th floor.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters 5th floor.

November 2019

Special workshop in English was conducted by Suikei Sakaguchi Sensei. Theme 'Tsubo vase'. I chose this Tsubo container which has some design on the lower part. I split and interlocked the light orange Pigeon berry branches in the vase because the mouth of the container was very small, I rolled and folded the two Monstera leaves and placed them in the center of the container.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters 2nd floor.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters 2nd floor.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters 2nd floor.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters 2nd floor.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters 2nd floor.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters 2nd floor.

November 2019

Third term Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters lobby Stone Garden.

November 2019

Third term Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters lobby Stone Garden.

November 2019

Third term Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters lobby Stone Garden.

November 2019

Third term Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters lobby Stone Garden.

November 2019

Bamboo installation by Sogetsu Artist Miharu Akiyama at Minato-Kuritsu Takahashi Koreklyo Memorial Park, which is next to Sogetsu headquarters.

November 2019

Third term Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters on 5th floor.

November 2019

Third term Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters on 5th floor.

November 2019

Third term Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters on 5th floor.

November 2019

Third term Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters on 5th floor.

November 2019

Third term Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters on 5th floor.

November 2019

Third term Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters on 5th floor.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters 2nd floor.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters 2nd floor.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters 2nd floor.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters lobby, Stone Garden.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters lobby, Stone Garden.

November 2019

Sogetsu 101st exhibition at headquarters lobby, Stone Garden.

November 2019

Third term Sogetsu 101st exhibition at Spiral Garden.

November 2019

Third term Sogetsu 101st exhibition at Spiral Garden.

November 2019

Third term Sogetsu 101st exhibition at Spiral Garden.

November 2019

Spiral Garden

November 2019

Third term Sogetsu 101st exhibition at Spiral Garden.

November 2019

Third term Sogetsu 101st exhibition at Spiral Garden.

November 2019

Third term Sogetsu 101st exhibition at Spiral Garden.

November 2019

Third term Sogetsu 101st exhibition at Spiral Garden.

November 2019

Visited Mori Art Museum. This photograph is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivative Works 4.0 International.

November 2019

Visited Mori Art Museum. This photograph is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivative Works 4.0 International.

November 2019

Visited Mori Art Museum. This photograph is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivative Works 4.0 International.

November 2019

Visited Mori Art Museum. This photograph is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivative Works 4.0 International.

November 2019

Visited Mori Art Museum. This photograph is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivative Works 4.0 International.

November 2019

Visited Mori Art Museum. This photograph is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivative Works 4.0 International.

November 2019

This is the best Sanuki Udon from Shikoku Island at Midtown, Roppongi.

November 2019

This street at Tsukishima is famous for Japanese pancake Okonomiyaki and Monjya.

November 2019

Katayama Sensei conducted the Iemoto class with the theme 'Surface made by the massing lines'. This glass container has yellow strips and because the theme was about lines, I thought the yellow lines would be a good fit with the Surface of the green lines. I inserted wires into horse tails so that they could be bent to reflect what I had sketched. I kept one long horse tail at the end facing upward. The surface of the lines were created toward on the right side of the container to show the energy and space, the Anthurium was placed on the left side of the arrangement.

November 2019

This afternoon Iemoto class was conducted by Katayama Sensei. This metal container has a line in the center with a loop on one side. I have added a bar in the container and have American-beauty berries branches sitting slanted at the back and another branch in an upright position at the front. There are three Willow branches, the first was used to create the flat surface of the lines by intertwining, the second and third branches on both sides were intertwined into the already intertwined flat surface. Last of all, I placed an Aspidistra leaf at the front of the container. There are two surfaces in this arrangement.

November 2019

This evening the Iemoto class was conducted by Katayama Sensei. I thought of only using Balloon Cotton bush for my arrangement 'Only one kind of material', so I sketched the design and selected the container. The two branches were placed into the blue half moon container to form a triangle, I trimmed most of the Balloon Cotton and kept one Balloon Cotton on each branch. I trimmed off another two branches of Balloon cotton, and linked them together, placing them on the left side of the container. Lastly I cut the left over branches and placed them in the center of the two slanting branches and created the surface of the lines.

November 2019

'Future The Ikebana' workshop was conducted by Tetsunori Kawana Sensei. This morning Kawana Sensei gave us a lecture about Ikebana public art, communication, artist work in Ikebana, connection, Ikebana is an art expression, Ikebana in exhibitions, new discovery, expressing yourself in art, artistic form of creation, improving your skills and techniques, energy etc. The workshop in the afternoon used only one kind of material - Camellia, to create mass, colour and lines. I chose the corner of the Japanese room on the left, and the blinds are part of my work. I placed the L shape black metal container next to the black metal frame, and had the branches of the Camellia on the right slanting to the right side of the glass and another two facing to the front. There were a few flowers and bulbs on the different branches. I created the mass in between the blinds and some lean onto the glass.

November 2019

Exhibition of works by Sofu Teshigaharaat at Taka Ishii Gallery, Roppongi. Selection of sculptures and calligraphy works produced from 1950s to 1970s, centering on one of his early important works 'Kikansha' (Locomotive), 1951.

November 2019

Exhibition of works by Sofu Teshigaharaat at Taka Ishii Gallery, Roppongi. Selection of sculptures and calligraphy works produced from 1950s to 1970s, centering on one of his early important works 'Kikansha' (Locomotive), 1951.

November 2019

Visited Kyoto National museum of modern art.

November 2019

Visited Kyoto National museum of modern art.

November 2019

Visited Kyoto National museum of modern art.

November 2019

While I was touring Okayama castle, there were a few Bizenware container shops on the street before entering Okayama Korakuen Garden.

November 2019

While I was touring Okayama castle, there were a few Bizenware container shops on the street before entering Okayama Korakuen Garden.

November 2019

International was conducted by Fukushima Sensei. I selected two glass containers for my arrangement. I inserted the Heliconia into the inner container which had six blue nodes on both side to show the contrast in colours. I have taken away some of the Golden cane leaves and inserted it between the two containers. The water was added to the level of the inner container.

November 2019

Visited exhibition of French artist Camille Henrot at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery. The theme was 'Stepping on a Serpent'. Collaboration with Sogetsu Foundation.

November 2019

Visited exhibition of French artist Camille Henrot at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery. The theme was 'Stepping on a Serpent'. Collaboration with Sogetsu Foundation.

November 2019

Visited exhibition of French artist Camille Henrot at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery. The theme was 'Stepping on a Serpent'. Collaboration with Sogetsu Foundation.

November 2019

Sogetsu Ikebana outdoor installations at Showa Kinen Park, Nishi-Tachikawa.

November 2019

Sogetsu Ikebana outdoor installations at Showa Kinen Park, Nishi-Tachikawa.

November 2019

Sogetsu Ikebana outdoor installations at Showa Kinen Park, Nishi-Tachikawa.

November 2019

Sogetsu Ikebana outdoor installations at Showa Kinen Park, Nishi-Tachikawa.

November 2019

International class was conducted by Hosono Sensei. I used a blue container for my arrangement. I bent the Winged Spindle branches to create repeating triangle shapes on the right side of the container and removed most of the leaves. At the end I inserted the Polyantha Rose berries into the triangles to added colour.

November 2019

Iemoto class was conducted by Okazaki Sensei. I chose this split container with the branches designed. I trimmed most of the center part of the Willow branches and created a round shape structure and interweaved the Club Moss Vines into it. I then bent the end of the branches into the movement.

November 2019

Iemoto class was conducted by Okazaki Sensei. The theme was 'Mass and Lines'. I chose a metal container with curved lines. The container was too small and light in weight, so I used a unique black ceramic triangle container to add to the weight of the metal container. The orange colour Mini Lilies were very small and there were only three stems, so I had to gently open the petals to create mass. Last of all, I used Japanese Cedar branches to create curved lines.

November 2019

This afternoon’s Iemoto class was conducted by Okazaki Sensei. The theme was 'Mass and lines'. I used a white glass container for my arrangement. I chose two different colours of Hydrangeas for the mass on one side of the container, and placed Horse Tails in a straight line to depict the open space between the container and line.

November 2019

Iemoto class was conducted by Sumide Sensei. I used two metal containers in this arrangement. I placed the Palm grass leaves in different directions to create movements in space, and I combined Japanese Winter berries with it to emphasize the lines. This arrangement depicts colour, movement, space and line.

November 2019

Iemoto class was conducted by Sumide Sensei this evening. I chose this small open mouth orange container for my arrangement. New Zealand flax and grasses were used to create movement, space and lines on the right side. Japanese Winter berries were used in this arrangement as well. I have added a line with one berry on the left side of the container.

November 2019

Visited Baby Pyson Jewelry show, Jewelry artist: Hiroko Kawai, collaboration with Sogetsu’s arrangement.

November 2019

Visited Baby Pyson Jewelry show, Jewelry artist: Hiroko Kawai, collaboration with Sogetsu’s arrangement.

November 2019

Visited Miharu Akiyama’s exhibition at Kyobashi.

November 2019

Visited Miharu Akiyama’s exhibition at Kyobashi.

November 2019

International class conducted by Misei Ishikawa Sensei. I chose this twin towers container for my arrangement. I only intended to use one side of the container, so, I arranged one of the Japanese Quince facing to the front and another shorter one slanted to the back. I created three Bird's Nest fern fronds next to the Japanese Quince, but placed one of the fronds facing downwards at the front, so that the container doesn't look too tall and strong.

November 2019

Iemoto class was conducted by Gaho Isono Sensei. The theme was 'Two Step Approach'. I chose these three thick hard branches for my work, I sawed off the unnecessary branches and I utilised three screws at three different points so the structure could be stood firmly. This small container has a line and two holes of different size on both sides. I turned the structure to a different angle and inserted into the larger hole of the container on the left side. I removed petals of the large Dahlia flower to show the fresh green part of the calyx of the flower facing the front.

November 2019

This evening’s Iemoto class was conducted by Gaho Isono Sensei. I chose this unique container for my arrangement. Before I started to create my arrangement, I had thought of creating the rhythmic movement by using 'Robykin' Korean Willows to depict space, lines and flow of movement. In the end, I used the dark pink Calla Lilies, with fresh green stems to create movement in my arrangement.

November 2019

Iemoto class conducted by Shinozaki Sensei. I selected two containers; black and white, to create my arrangement. Firstly I bent the Willows and placed them into two containers in different directions to depict the depth. I gently bent two Japanese Banana leaves and placed them in both containers, creating a wave movement depicting it full of energy. Lastly the joy of the Flamingo Anthuriums were added to this arrangement.

November 2019

This evening’s Iemoto class was conducted by Shinozaki Sensei. This silver container has a big open triangular mouth, I placed it facing the front. I bent the Japanese Cypress to create a triangular mass. The Horse Tails were bent into square shapes and the end of Horse Tails pointed to the back.

November 2019

This evening’s Teachers’ workshop was conducted by Akane, the Iemoto of Sogetsu School, theme: 'Unconventional and Fresh Materials'. Although the design of this metal container looks very light and small it is actually full of breeze in space. First of al, I recreated the Galium Verum into a figure eight, resulting in two hoops and placed it on different levels on the container. Secondly, I squeezed and twisted the soft plastic net to create a form, placed it in the center of the Galium Verum, and used the bulbs to lock it preventing the net from falling off. Lastly I added Glory Lilies into this arrangement to represent joy. Akane commented that the arrangement feels very light, has lots of space and lines and pairs well with the container.

November 2019

This afternoon the Teachers’ Workshop was conducted by Akane, the Iemoto of Sogetsu School, theme: 'Unconventional and Fresh Materials “. I bought this flat grey Polyurethane Foam from Tokyu Hands, I cut and twisted it to create an art form. The red Nageire container was used as a base for the arrangement. I placed one of the Aspidistra leaves at the front as it balances the colour of the container and provides contrast, Glory lily is placed at the back to show the depth, I placed another Aspidistra leaf at the back of the Polyurethane foam as both leaves enhance the beauty and design of the Polyurethane foam’s art form.

November 2019

Visited Oedo Antique market Tokyo International Forum Venue at Marunouchi, Chiyoda city.

November 2019

Christmas decorations at Yurakucho Marui departmental store.

November 2019

Christmas decorations at Yurakucho Marui departmental store.

November 2019

Christmas decoration in Ginza. The materials for the decoration are dry branches painted blue and wired with artificial crystals - very effective with the blue backdrop.

November 2019

Iemoto class was conducted by Nakamura Sensei. I chose this special container which has art work at both sides and a hole on the left side. I have trimmed half of the Sandalwood berries and intertwined the short stems at the end of the left side. The flax was intertwined in the center and extended to the left.

November 2019

The 101st Sogetsu Annual Exhibition. I took the photos in the evening of Akane’s arrangements at the entrance to the headquarters.

November 2019

The 101st Sogetsu Annual Exhibition. I took the photos in the evening of Akane’s arrangements at the entrance to the headquarters.

November 2019

This evening Iemoto class was conducted by Nakamura Sensei. I chose this strong orange container with a U-shape on both sides for my arrangement. I rested the dry drift wood on both sides of the U shape of the container and the sharp point touched the table. I trimmed one side of the Golden cane leaves so it would not come into contact with the table. The Eryngium Plenum was placed softly from inside all the way to the front. Finally, I added Snow berries into the right side of the container. Sensei said the density and colors in this arrangement was perfectly done.

November 2019

International class conducted by Fukushima Sensei. I have chosen this baby blue Nageire container with three rectangular handles each 120 degrees apart. I have curled and interweaved the Bird's Nest fern fronds with Weeping Willows to create a form. The Anthuriums was added in between the Bird's Nest fern fronds on the left, and another piece of weeping willow was added to emphasize the strong line slanted on the right side of the container.

October 2019

Sogetsu Ikebana exhibition at Tamagawa Takashimaya. Arrangement by Akane on the ground floor.

October 2019

Sogetsu Ikebana exhibition at Tamagawa Takashimaya. Arrangement by Akane on the ground floor.

October 2019

Sogetsu Ikebana exhibition at Tamagawa Takashimaya. Arrangement by members next to escalator.

October 2019

104th Nika Art exhibition at The National Art Center, Tokyo. Works of painting, sculpture, design and photography.

October 2019

104th Nika Art exhibition at The National Art Center, Tokyo. Works of painting, sculpture, design and photography.

October 2019

104th Nika Art exhibition at The National Art Center, Tokyo. Works of painting, sculpture, design and photography.

October 2019

Sogetsu Ikebana exhibition at Ryogoku Station, Tokyo.

October 2019

Sogetsu Ikebana exhibition at Ryogoku Station, Tokyo.

October 2019

Sogetsu Ikebana exhibition at Ryogoku Station, Tokyo.

October 2019

Sogetsu Ikebana Juniors Exhibition at Tamagawa Takashimaya.

October 2019

Sogetsu Ikebana Juniors Exhibition at Tamagawa Takashimaya.

October 2019

Sogetsu Ikebana Juniors Exhibition at Tamagawa Takashimaya.

October 2019

I was very lucky to attend the photography class as an observer. The first lesson concerned how to manage the lighting, using tracing paper to soften the lighting, above and below position of taking photos, etc. The colour of the backdrop also makes a big difference to the arrangement.

October 2019

The second lesson was on the fifth floor. I was asked to do an arrangement on the rectangular black boards before students took photos.

October 2019

My arrangement with Hydrangea and Bird of Paradise. The white lines on the floor is the sunshine coming through the blinds, which blends with the arrangements.

October 2019

The Soul Trembles, installation by Berlin based artist Shiota Chiharu at Mori Art Museum.
This photograph is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivative Works 4.0 International.

October 2019

The Soul Trembles, installation by Berlin based artist Shiota Chiharu at Mori Art Museum.
This photograph is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivative Works 4.0 International.

October 2019

The Soul Trembles, installation by Berlin based artist Shiota Chiharu at Mori Art Museum.
This photograph is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivative Works 4.0 International.

October 2019

The Fruiting plant materials, Iemoto class was conducted by Katayama Sensei. I did not use kenzan for the arrangement, but used the European Cranberry Bush to create the structure for it to sit in this black/blue Moribana container. After the Fruiting plant materials Iemoto class was conducted by Katayama Sensei I bent the lower two parts of the Hypericum branches to the right side, I inserted the main branch into the European Cranberry bush touching the wall to seat it firmly in the container. Lastly, I interweaved Viburnum Dilatatum berries into the Hypericum. This arrangement has an open space in the center. I only used one branch of each material to complete this arrangement.

October 2019

Arrangement by Sogetsu Ikebana at Nihombashi Takashimaya.

October 2019

Arrangement by Sogetsu Ikebana at Nihombashi Takashimaya.

October 2019

Arrangement by Sogetsu Ikebana at Nihombashi Takashimaya. First term - 175 Ikebana schools and 980 members participated in this Ikebana exhibition.

October 2019

The Fruiting Materials Seminar was conducted by Ishikura Shosei Sensei. In the morning, she instructed us to select a bunch of berries and sketch a part of them to use for a simple arrangement. The photo was taken at the window as I wanted to have a green background.

October 2019

Fruiting Materials Seminar by Ishikura Shosei Sensei. In the afternoon, we were given the option to use two to four kinds of berries. I chose Pepper berries and European Cranberry bush berries and a U-shaped black metal container for my arrangement. We were given the option to create the arrangement with or without water. As European Cranberry bush branches are very stiff and hard, I had to saw both sides to fit in the center of the container, some of the branches show the depth at the back, and another branch to the right side of the container. I used the Pepper berries to stand on the right lower part of the container inserted between the top part of the European Cranberry bush and the lower branch extended to the front. This arrangement emphasizes the berries and the space, I left both top parts of the container to show the water.

October 2019

Arrangement by Sogetsu Ikebana at Nihombashi Takashimaya.

October 2019

Arrangement by Sogetsu Ikebana at Nihombashi Takashimaya.

October 2019

Arrangement by Sogetsu Ikebana at Nihombashi Takashimaya. Second term of Ikebana exhibition.

October 2019

Arrangement by Sogetsu Ikebana at Nihombashi Takashimaya. Third term of Ikebana exhibition.

October 2019

Arrangement by Sogetsu Ikebana at Nihombashi Takashimaya.

October 2019

Arrangement by Sogetsu Ikebana at Nihombashi Takashimaya.

October 2019

The Arranging for Someone in Mind Teachers' workshop was conducted by Fukushima Sensei. I decided to create this arrangement for my student Phil Suffern who unexpectedly passed away in September while I was in Tokyo for my Scholarship. I was unable to attend his funeral. I originally wanted to use a tall bright yellow nageire container for this arrangement. Unfortunately, only this bright yellow low nageire container was available on the shelf. I told myself that I would use this container to challenge myself as it was what I originally wanted. I have used the Bird-nest ferns to intersect at the top, and placed the fourth leaf on the right side to depict the space. As the stem of the purple orchid is quite short, I added a branch, split into Y shape and wired it to the orchid’s stem to extend it higher so that the container doesn’t look too short. Fukushima Sensei said my challenge of the arrangement was successful.

October 2019

The Arranging for Someone in Mind Teachers' workshop was conducted by Fukushima Sensei. I’m dedicating this arrangement to my first Sogetsu Ikebana Teacher Mary-Jane Ramsden. I intertwined the Willow branches, inserted the yellow Fox head plant right through, and placed a vertical stand in front of the right side of the container to even out the aluminum colour of the container. I used another Willow branch to create another curved line to combine with the aluminum curved line on the right side. Lastly, I added a bird-nest fern to complete the arrangement.

October 2019

Arrangement by Sogetsu Ikebana at Nihombashi Takashimaya.

October 2019

Arrangement by Sogetsu Ikebana at Nihombashi Takashimaya.

October 2019

Arrangement by Sogetsu Ikebana at Nihombashi Takashimaya. Fourth term of Ikebana exhibition.

October 2019

Iemoto class Colours in the same Tonal Range was conducted by Shinozaki Sensei. I bent the Dogwoods into curved lines, some are on the right side of the metal container, and two in the centre facing the back. I added Castor-Oil plant to create movement and space extended to the front, in the large leaf at the top front, actually the back of the leaf faces the front, I inserted a fine wire into the stem and bent it to face upward. To complete the arrangement, I inserted two cut branches to enhance the container.

October 2019

This afternoon the Iemoto class was conducted by Shinozaki Sensei. I chose a red U-shaped container for the free style arrangement. I created the red dogwoods by wiring some parts of the branches on the right side. I then placed the Monstera leaves at different angles to depict the space. Lastly, I intertwined the Clematis (the name in ancient Greek means a climbing plant), and placed them in the center of the branches.

October 2019

Sculpture on Naoshima ferry.

October 2019

Lee UFan Museum, Tadao Ando designed semi-underground structure. Painting and Sculpture by Lee UFan.

October 2019

Lee UFan Museum, Tadao Ando designed semi-underground structure. Painting and Sculpture by Lee UFan.

October 2019

Yayoi Kusama Red Pumpkin Naoshima Island

October 2019

Lee UFan Museum, Tadao Ando designed semi-underground structure. Painting and Sculpture by Lee UFan.

October 2019

Lee UFan Museum, Tadao Ando designed semi-underground structure. Painting and Sculpture by Lee UFan.

October 2019

Yayoi Kusama Yellow Pumpkin Naoshima Island

October 2019

Cloud-shaped Passenger Terminal Naoshima designed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa.

October 2019

The Iemoto class with the theme Vines was conducted by Nakamura Sensei this morning. I used a black Nageire container which has a three round button design on it. I intertwined two stems of red vines to create a structure. The third stem from the container was inserted all the way through into the structure to create a line. The green Asclepias fruitcosa was inserted into the right side of the Dogwoods to form a green line all the way down to the container.

October 2019

Nakamura Sensei conducted the Iemoto class this afternoon. The container has four open holes, but I only used two of them for this free style arrangement. I removed two thirds of the curved parts from the Coffee Senna, and bent three stems to create strong curved lines. I also bent the Shell Ginger to form a curved line.

October 2019

Sogetsu Ikebana, Akane’s demonstration at Meguro Gajoen Hotel each year in mid October.

October 2019

Sogetsu Ikebana, Akane’s demonstration at Meguro Gajoen Hotel each year in mid October.

October 2019

The Ando Museum is in an old house with a modern designed interior. The museum features the work of architect Tadao Ando and explores the history of Naoshima through photographs, sketches and models.

March 2019

Workshop conducted by Sensei Takagi Suisen. Theme: Two-Step approach from textbook 5.

March 2019

Free style arrangement at Iemoto class conducted by Sensei Sakaguehi Suikei.

March 2019

Free style arrangement at Iemoto class conducted by Sensei Sakaguehi Suikei.

March 2019

Free style arrangement at an lemoto class conducted by Sensei Sumide Bisen. This was not my initial design as the Forsythia branches are not easy to bend, so I changed the design to a horizontal arrangement combined with Calla Lily to create the movement.

September 2019

September 2019

Sumide Sensei took the class with the theme Variety of Materials. I have used warm red Celosia and cool blue Gentiana for this arrangement in a hand made basket. I added different lighter materials; Plume grass, Great Burnet and Fennel to this arrangement. The first photo is the front of the arrangement and the second photo is deliberately taken at an angle, to clearly depict the use of lines and space.

September 2019

I have never used Sword beans in an arrangement before. When I held them, I realised that they were quite heavy. I inserted wire to attach the second bean to the first bean so that they stood upright. I added Palmo Christi to the arrangement.

September 2019

This weekend Ishikawa Ryu Sensei conducted the Teacher Workshops. The theme was My Autumn Arrangement. I have used Mountain Ash berries and Chestnut plant. The arrangement has an open space in the center.

September 2019

This is another arrangement of the theme My Autumn Arrangement. I used Dogwood to create a horizontal line on the right side to clearly depict the space from this tall blue container. Both the mountain Ash berries and Chestnut plant bring out the colour of Autumn. The hanging green materials bring out the softness of this arrangement. Sensei said this arrangement was very Japanese.

September 2019

My Autumn Arrangement. I utilised half dried green beans to create the mass of the lines. The tips of white Anthuriums add colour to this arrangement.

September 2019

The lines, shape and colours perfectly contrast with each other in this container. My Autumn Arrangement. I have used the large Hydrangea to create mass. The light pink Lady Fingers with pink tips Anthuriums are perfectly integrated.

September 2019

Due to the typhoon, the teacher workshop was cancelled this morning. Hence, I joined the International class, which was taken by Sakaguchi Sensei. In this arrangement, I used Brooms and Chrysanthemums. The Brooms were bent to create movement while the yellow Chrysanthemums added energy to contrast with the container. The first photo was before correction by Sensei, who suggested adding more yellow chrysanthemums to the arrangement, hence the second photo.

September 2019

Due to the typhoon, the teacher workshop was cancelled this morning. Hence, I joined the International class, which was taken by Sakaguchi Sensei. In this arrangement, I used Brooms and Chrysanthemums. The Brooms were bent to create movement while the yellow Chrysanthemums added energy to contrast with the container. The first photo was before correction by Sensei, who suggested adding more yellow chrysanthemums to the arrangement, hence the second photo.

September 2019

This morning the Iemoto class was conducted by Katayama Sensei, who set the theme Repeating Similar Form. I used Bulrushes to create the triangles and extended the two lines to join the top angle to form two triangles. Sensei said that this was a very creative way to interpret this theme.

September 2019

September 2019

Katayama Sensei took the afternoon class. I used Egg plants and Bead tree berries to create Fruiting plants materials. The first photo is the front of the arrangement but Katayama Sensei changed it to another angle. He said that the lines of the branches were beautifully placed and that the water on the right side of the container was shown clearly.

September 2019

The theme Straight and Curved Lines was set by Shinozaki Jyunga Sensei. I chose a red container because I had decided to use green materials for contrast. I used Smilax to create curved lines and Horse Tails to create straight lines. I inserted wires into the Horse Tails bent to the design which I had sketched. Sensei commented that the colours contrasted very well and that the materials extended to the front of the arrangement. The other line shows the depth and space.

September 2019

This afternoon, I used this glass container, which has a red painting brush design. I have used New Zealand Flax placing the leaves in the container and extending them to the outside of the container to create movement and space. I have added Japanese dwarf berries between the flax and container.

September 2019

This morning Iemoto class was taken by Okazaki Sensei and the theme was Viewing from below. I chose a container with two contrasting colors - black and red. I arranged the materials on one side of the container to emphasize the space. I bent Turkish Iris leaves to express the flowing movement and added the dancing ladies to this arrangement.

September 2019

In the afternoon, I did a free style arrangement using a black metal container. I have bent Pussy Willows to create curved lines to emphasize the space and movement. I have used the reverse side of the bird-nest ferns as it has light brown fine lines in the center of the leaves. Lastly, I added the dancing ladies to the right of the leaves.

September 2019

The theme of this arrangement is Viewing from above. The class was conducted by Nakamura Sensei. I have used Aspidistra leaves to create movement, and extended another leaf to the left side of the arrangement to blend with the Japanese dwarf berries to depict the space. The arrangement shows the water at the front of the yellow container.

September 2019

I have utilized two of the same metal containers which are coloured black and red. I placed the black container behind the red container in a horizontal position. And because the containers are light in weight, I have taken away most of the Night Shade berries as they are very heavy. The containers are unable to hold the weight. I have used Sea Grape leaves, and arranged them on the different levels of the red container and placed two in the black container to create the space. Nakamura Sensei said the color contrasts were very good.

September 2019

I have decided to use this container which has three open holes; however, I am not going to use kenzan for this arrangement. I have lain the container slanted on the front. Inside the top part of the container I have created a way to hold the Club Apple berries on the right and placed the Green Amaranthus in the lower part of the container.

October 2018

Free style arrangement at Sogetsu Headquarters, Tokyo conducted by Sensei Fukushima Koka. Winter berries and flax were used.

October 2018

Horizontal arrangement conducted by Sensei Nakamura Sozan at Iemoto class.

October 2018

Free style arrangement at Sogetsu Headquarters, Tokyo conducted by Sensei Hosono Yoka. Aspidistra leaves and red kiwi vines were used.

 

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