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OKAERI : An Ikebana and Pottery Exhibition

OKAERI is a Japanese word which means welcome home. Each time a Japanese comes enters his/her house, he or she would often say “Tadaima” which means “I’m home.” As a response, the person already inside the house would say “Okaerinasai” or its short form “Okaeri.”


OKAERI is also the title of our first collaborative exhibition this coming 11-14 November 2016 at Gallery & Studio r_cafe in Yotsuya-sanchome, Shinjuku, Tokyo.


We are looking forward to welcoming you there!


OKAERI : An Ikebana and Pottery Exhibition 



My friend Susumu Ooaku and I have collaborated together to exhibit our crafts – Pottery and Ikebana. Susumu will showcase his handmade pottery works. Me, on the other hand, will create some Ikebana arrangements using some of his creations. We chose Okaeri as the exhibition title to symbolize the word “home.” Home is close to both our hearts. Hence, we want to reflect the warmth of a happy home as we welcome family and friends at our exhibition. Susumu’s crafts highlight things that are very useful at home such as plates, cups, and saucers. And I will create Ikebana arrangements that can be placed at different parts of the house.  I will also use materials native to my home country like sinamay, lemon grass, and fans made of palm or anahaw. Sinamay is a fabric made from abaca, a banana plant native to the Philippines. while Anahaw is the country’s national leaf.



Venue: Gallery & Studio r_cafe  

160-0005 Tōkyō-to, Shinjuku-ku, Aizumichō

Nearest station: Yotsuya-sanchome (Marunouchi Line).


Schedule of Exhibition

11 November (Opening): 12:00 – 17:00

12 & 13 November: 11:00 – 17:00

14 November (Final): 11:00 – 15:00

Exhibition Fee:  Free




Ikebana and Pottery Workshops


Aside from the 4-day exhibition, we will also have workshops to share our passion and crafts. Below are details:

Okeari Ikebana and Potter exhibition 

Anna’s Ikebana Workshop (Introduction to Sogetsu-Style Ikebana)

12 November 2016 – Saturday

Workshop Sessions: 11:00 – 12:00 / 13:00 – 14:00 / 15:00 – 16:00

Workshop Fee: JPY 3,000 per person (materials included)

Okeari Ikebana and Potter exhibition 

Susumu’s Pottery Workshop – Chopsticks Holder Making 

13 November 2016 – Sunday  

Workshop Sessions: 11:00 – 12:00 / 13:00 – 14:00

Workshop Fee: JPY 3,000 per person (materials included) plus shipping cost

Prior registration is need for any of the workshops. To register, please send us an email stating your name, the workshop you want to participate, preferred time, and contact details such as email and mobile number. You can also send the said information through the comment section below. Interested participants can  give their payment for the workshop at the venue.

Okeari Ikebana and Potter exhibition 

Okeari Ikebana and Potter exhibition 

Okeari Ikebana and Potter exhibition 

About the Exhibitors


annaAnna Budich is a licensed 4th-level Ikebana sensei (Yonkyu Shihan) under the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. She started learning Ikebana in December 2012 at Seishincho Community Center in Edogawa City, Tokyo. When she got her certificate as a teacher in September 2015, she was given the flower name “An (杏)” which means apricot blossoms. The apricot blossoms symbolize beauty, spring, and good fortune. At present, she is continuing her studies for her third level certificate (Sankyu Shihan).

susumuSusumu Ooaku has been doing pottery for 13 years since his university days. Aside from his Arts degree, he also finished Craft Design under the Musashino Art University CorrespondenceCourse in 2011.  After that, Susumu also took part in different group exhibitions held at different areas in Japan since 2012. Likewise, he organized one-man exhibitions in Yokohama (2014) and Tokyo (2016).




To participate in the workshop, please register here:


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