Okaeri Exhibition was a challenge but also a milestone. It was my first major exhibition as an Ikebana artist. My friend Susumu and I collaborated together and organised Okaeri: An Ikebana and Pottery Exhibition. It was a four-day event (11-14 November) which was held at Gallery & Studio r_cafe in Yotsuya-sanchome, Shinjuku.
What is Okaeri Exhibition?
The exhibition focused on the word "home." This word is very close to both our hearts. Hence, we wanted to reflect the warmth of a happy home as we welcomed family and friends at our exhibition. The ambiance of the gallery contributed greatly to this as it is very homey and fit perfectly to our theme.
We highlighted the Ikebana arrangements I made using Susumu's vases that can be placed in different parts of the house.
There were also some Morimono arrangements (Ikebana using fruits and vegetables) to complement his plates, saucers, and cups.
As part of the "home" theme, I also tried to introduce the Philippines to our Japanese and foreign visitors by using some Philippine materials. Lastly, I made some arrangements that showed my artistry as an Ikebana practitioner.
Workshops and Dinner Party
Aside from the displays, we also had Ikebana and pottery workshops held on Saturday and Sunday. It was very heart-warming to see the participants enjoying and learning from our crafts.
And to celebrate the success of the exhibition, we had a small party together with some friends on Saturday night.
Overall, the exhibition was a great opportunity for me and Susumu to share our passions and crafts. It was also a great venue to meet new people and to reconnect with family and friends. We are very thankful to all the support which helped us make this event successful!
Ikebana and Tea Ceremony Workshop
For those who missed the Ikebana workshop during the Okaeri Exhibition, we will have an Ikebana and Tea Ceremony Workshop at the same gallery on 26 November. Please refer to the photo below for more information.