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Sinamay at Pamaypay na Anahaw

Sinamay is one of the popular Philippine fabrics because of its durability. It is woven from the processed stalks of Abaca tree, a banana palm native to the country. Pamaypay na Anahaw or palm-leaf fan, on the other hand, is commonly used by Filipinos to beat the tropical heat. For this year’s exhibition at Seishincho Community Center, I wanted to share something from my home country. Hence, I decided to introduce these two products to the Japanese community.  I used sinamay and the palm-leaf fan as the main features of my Ikebana arrangement.

Simanay and Anahaw for My 2016 Ikebana Exhibition Piece

For my arrangement, I made some rose flowers out of sinamay. The fans served as heart-shaped leaves. I also used the Mizuhiki crafts I bought from our Nagano trip last August. To give a more tropical vibe, I used some purple Orchids, Pincushion flowers, Dracena leaves and Suzuki grasses. My frame is a pillar of a shelf which I found from Home Depot.

My Ikebana Piece Highlighting Sinamay and Pamaypay na Anahaw



Although we do it every year, there is always a happy feeling when people look and admire our works.


Visitors Carefully Observing Every Arrangement


Our Class’ Arrangements This Year Under the Supervision of Takayama-sensei

To see the individual arrangements of our class, please click here. (My apologies, the pictures can only be seen through Facebook.)


2016 Seishincho Community Center Exhibition


Aside from the Ikebana exhibition, there were also several classes that showcased their works. For two days, the different classes at the Community Center displayed their paintings, pottery, calligraphies, and haiku poems for all people to enjoy. This event is to celebrate the grandparent’s day and to welcome the autumn season. Children and adults had their chance to practice calligraphy and tea ceremony.


Photography Class’ Exhibition


Pastel Drawings from the Painting Class


Watercolor Paintings for Postcards


Dishes and Small Cups from the Pottery Class


Kimono Displays for Those Who Wish to Learn How to Properly Put On the Kimono


Free Calligraphy Trial

Visitors also enjoyed the performances demonstrated by various dance and music classes. Unfortunately, I only saw a portion of the Hula dance and the Shamisen musical performance. Shamisen is a banjo-like lute with three strings and is made from sandalwood. It came from China in the 16th century and became popular during the Edo period especially in the Kabuki theaters.

Dance Performance from the Hawaiian Dance Class


Traditional Japanese Music Using the Shamisen



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