This is from the Ikebana Show – “Waiting For Spring” of the Sogetsu Society NY Branch at the Nippon Club in good old NYC.  The three women who made this incredibly cool piece with flowers and boxes and green willow sticks are Chizuko Korn, Shizue Pleasanton, and Yoko Ikura.

I do not really understand Ikebana – Japanese flower arranging. I know it requires attention to angles and ratios and textures – many of the students of Ikebana at the show – demure and dignified Japanese ladies, some with grey hair, also had really cool combinations of clothes on – pearl necklaces and rhinestone pins, laquered flowers on black pinstriped lapels. A couple of others (younger women) just wore pink kimonos. Somehow it all sort of worked.

PS – since posting I have been told that half of the students in the classes taught by the society in New York are American and half Japanese, both men and women. Sorry for any inaccurate impression that I may have given in my post, as I really only attended the opening and did not mean to give any false impression as to the Society or classes.  It was a great opening and is a wonderful exhibition.

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24 Comments on “Ikebana”

  1. David King Says:

    Absolutely superb! Thank you SO much for showing it. I had not heard of Ikebana before, but will most definitely try to delve into it a bit. (I’m quite gobsmacked by this piece!)

  2. Mary Says:

    Beautiful. Sometimes a person doesn’t have to understand something to appreciate it!

  3. Ella Says:

    It is beautiful n’ unique! I have seen someone make an arrangement on a craft show. You are right about the angles n’ light. It is a concept, one can appreciate, when we see such gorgeous results… 😀 I’m inspired just looking at it…. Off to read your interview! Thank you for sharing!!!

  4. This is beautiful and I’ve not heard of it before. Aren’t people endlessly creative?

  5. I’ve seen a few examples of ikebana, many years ago. They were considerably more…austere. This is really striking, and very modern feeling. The Japanese make an art of sparseness, space and line with so many very simple things, even raking sand. It’s quite a gift, I think, to see the world that way. Thanks for sharing this, k–it really is evocative of something at the very core of spring.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      I’ve been told that this school of ikebana is a little less rigid than some of the other schools, so it may be a bit more freeform. Some times the pieces almost border on the wacky, but they are all interesting. K.

  6. brian miller Says:

    that is very cool actually…appealing to the eye…its new on me as far as i know…

  7. Helen Dehner Says:

    Awesome image! I love the way women in NYC grab onto fashion and run with it! All ages ……….

  8. Debbie K Says:

    It is the Sogetsu NY Branch group exhibit. Ladies who did the arrangement are Chizuko Korn, Shizue Pleasanton, and Yoko Ikura. It was a great exhbit, great crowd at reception.

  9. Beverly H Says:

    Various schools of Ikebana, including the Sogetsu School, are represented in the New York area (and cities around the world) by Ikebana International. We are a non-profit, educational organization of volunteers offering flower demonstration programs and Flower Shows. Please see our website: http://www.ikebanany.org

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Your photo of this arrangement of Sogetsu ikebana is really good!

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