Flowers and Ikebana

My Second Ikebana Exhibition Experience

Last weekend our class participated in Seishincho Community Center’s Spring exhibition to encourage more people to join the various programs offered like painting, pottery, photography, dressmaking, green tea ceremony, and flower arrangement. The day was a bit ironic for the occasion. We are supposed to celebrate spring but outside were thick snow and heavy rain.

A view of the roads from our balcony

With our tools and umbrella, my friend and I headed to the community center by foot. Normally walking there from our home would only take 15-20 minutes but since the roads were covered with thick snow slowly melting due to heavy rain and strong wind, it took us more than 30 minutes. Luckily we still have enough time to prepare our exhibition space and make our arrangements before the opening of the event.

Walking on think snow heading to Seishincho Community Center
Walking on think snow heading to Seishincho Community Center

I was surprised that I was asked to do two arrangements. One is for the usual set of flowers to be displayed in our exhibition and other was for a centerpiece. I only found out that it was placed at the entrance of the community center building to welcome the guests when I saw the arrangement the following day I went to the center.

My exhibition arrangement
A rose arrangement placed at the entrance of the exhibition building to welcome the guests
Our Ikebana exhibition space

First few hours were a little quite due to the bad weather but later on people started to arrive. I admire the commitment of the Japanese people because despite all circumstances, they showed up and supported the event. Overall, the exhibition was a success. I met new people and my heart again jumped to the heavens when they complimented  my works.

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