SPECIAL SYMPOSIUM AT THE U.S. NATIONAL ARBORETUM
CONNECTING CULTURES: JAPANESE FLOWERING CHERRIES IN AMERICA
March 18, 2023
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Ikebana International Chapter No. 1 members presented “The Long River of Ikebana from Ancient to Modern” tracing the ikebana styles that have developed throughout the history of ikebana.
Like water in a river, ikebana drew from many sources and continues to flow and change with the social landscape. All influences have combined to create the vibrant art form that it is in the 21st century. This is Chapter No. 1’s Founder’s Day luncheon and demonstration and it is presented in honor of its late member, Betty Taylor, who was the original author of the program, a Past President of Chapter No. 1, and a Grand Master of the Ohara School of Ikebana.
Chapter No. 1 members demonstrated the breadth and depth of artistic styles available in ikebana. Nine styles that continue to be arranged today are presented and discussed.
Members of I.I. Chapter No. 1 can contact the webmaster to obtain instructions on how to watch this presentation on our YouTube channel.
Read about our Luncheon/Demonstration on March 26, 2022: A saga Goryu Presentation by David Komeiji
The video below is from the presentation to IIChapter No. 1 by Iemoto Kasuya on September 17, 2021. Enjoy!
We were pleased to host Iemoto Naohiro Kasuya of the Ichiyo School as our presenter at our Sakura event on September 17, 2021. The video above, shows you some of the Iemoto’s work. I.I. Chapter No.1 also conducted an interview with Mr. Kasuya, the transcript can be found here.
Special Events, Luncheon and Demonstration
These are elegant sit-down luncheons held at hotels or country clubs where the featured guest demonstrators are notable teacher demonstrators from various schools around the USA and frequently the head of an ikebana school from Japan.
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Ikebana for Kids
Our members exhibit their ikebana artistry and demonstrations are held for the public by the local schools. This event is held each year at the U.S. National Arboretum and is free.
Classes for children of various ages are offered by our teachers at several venues and times during the year.