The 2017 Seishincho Ikebana Exhibition was successful despite the heavy rain last weekend. It is part of Seishincho Community Center's annual festival in celebration of the Respect for the Elderly Day here in Edogawa. It is this time of the year when the community center opens its doors to showcase the works and talents of different classes held there. Visitors could enjoy displays such as paintings, calligraphy, haiku, kimono dresses, and photography. While inside the auditorium, several groups shared their talents like dancing, singing, and playing traditional Japanese musical instruments. On the second floor, visitors can learn the tea ceremony. There are also snacks to try at the cafeteria.

 

Our Works for the 2017 Seishincho Ikebana Exhibition

 

For this year's exhibition, we received a bunch of big roses, lilies, and sunflowers from our usual flower shop. We  also had an array of tropical and exotic flowers which made the event more interesting. Under the supervision of Takayama-sensei, each of us made an arrangement from the materials we received.

2017 Seishincho Ikebana Exhibition under Takayama-sensei

 

Here is a short video of our arrangements this year:  2017 Seishincho Exhibition

 

Traditions, Culture, and Adventure

 

Same with my colleagues, I got my fresh materials from Sensei. However, mine was pre-determined. A few weeks before the exhibition sensei brought a vase to our house. She then asked me to come up with a design using that vase. I was surprised when I saw the vase because it fit very well to the design I was thinking for some time now. Speaking of coincidence!!

 

A pond-inspired Ikebana arrangement using sinamay, Monstera leaves, red and green Anthuriums and Plumeria made from deco clay

 

The inspiration of my design is a pond where Ikebana got its name. The word ike in Ikebana means pond. And to feature my roots, I wrapped Sensei's vase with sinamay. It is a fabric made of fibers from the skin of banana stems. I also used tropical materials abundant in the Philippines such as Monstera leaves and Anthuriums for a summer vibe. I also braved my self to add something unconventional this year. Instead of the usual flowers found here in Japan, I added Plumeria or Kalachuchi flowers. The flowers created interest for some visitors as it was their first time to see them in an Ikebana arrangement. And to their surprise, they are deco clay flowers! Maybe next time I will add some small fish in the pond to make it a little interactive.