Flowers and Ikebana

My Last Day as an Ikebana Student

Today was my last day as an Ikebana student! Finally! I have been brainstorming with myself (again) as to how my last three arrangements would look like.  I want them to be unique and reflect who am I as an Ikebanist but at the same time, I do not want to divert much from the arrangements in the book. Excitement and nervousness juggled inside me as I headed to our morning class earlier.

My first arrangement was a big challenge because I cannot use a kenzan or the spiky frog. As I try to balance the twigs and the flowers, I felt like I was training under Mr. Miyagi.  I needed to calm myself and refrain from trembling to keep my arrangement intact. But everything paid off when my sensei commended my arrangement.

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Without Kenzan

Next was the arrangement with plants on the wall. Since I know that there would be no water to keep the plants longer, I choose the materials that have the ability to keep their colors even when they are dried. I was lucky to find some wheat grass and bamboo sticks in Daiso or the hundred yen store.

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With plants on the wall

Lastly, an arrangement that would reflect who I am. To do this, I made an arrangement highlighting the things I love: flowers, fruits, and crafting. For the flowers, I used my favorites: roses, tulips, and calla lily. As for the fruits, I used kumquat and some red berries. And for crafting, I made a cornucopia out of old newspapers and blue yarn. I also used the shells we picked up from Rinkaikoen last summer.

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Me in Ikebana

Next week, I will start training as an Ikebana sensei. I still have a long way to go before I receive my license or diploma as a fourth grade Ikebana teacher (Yonkyu Shihan) but already I’m ecstatic.

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