Monday, April 9, 2018

Hata Sensei Award by the Japanese Government

Mrs. Hata was awarded "The Order of the Rising Sun, gold and Silver Rays" medal from the Japanese government at a reception at the Nippon Club in New York on March 8th. The festivities included a two-day Ikebana exhibition by many of Hata Sensei's students. The exhibition was to honor Sensei's lifelong contributions to the promotion of mutual cultural understanding between Japan and the United States. 
I should have attended and celebrated this wonderful and beautiful ceremony and party. But I was so disappointed and frustrated not be able to go due to the big snow storm (March 7). The 7 inches wet snow caused a lot of falling trees and power outage for 24 hours in our area, also messed up the whole train schedules. 
I am so grateful some one from NY chapter send me these pictures. Even though I was not there to congratulate my teacher in person, but it's such an honor to be Hata Sensei's student.     

Friday, April 6, 2018

Relief Works

Compositions made on flat base surfaces are called Relief. This relief works is in text book 5. it said " Dried, colored, or bleached materials are arranged on a piece of cardboard, a wooden board or other flat base. Unconventional materials can be arranged but fresh plants are not used in this work."
Hare are my composition and other two classmates' works.
My composition for your imagination

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Shape of Container

In Hata Sensei's class, one of the lesson's subject was "Shape of Container." I selected a round, heavy black ceramic container from my collection. I forced the forsythia to bloom and shaped it into a circle to match the container. In the middle is tiger lily. Hata Sensei's criticism was the forsythia is too powerful and suggested making another circle downwards to balance the arrangement. I also think that the forsythia needs more trimming. (3/19/2018 class)
My arrangement

simple and beautiful arrangement by Sensei

Upright Style "Ka-bu-wa-ke" the water must be shown between the two Kabu

Magnolia Branch

After a big snow storm, our area had lost power for 20 some hours. The house became colder and colder, so we decided to drive around our nearby neighborhood, then we saw many tree branches fallen down on the ground. A big, beautiful budding Magnolia branch laying on the ground caught my eye and I thought it might be a nice material for an upcoming Ikebana class.
One of Hata Sensei's class, must use Tulip in an arrangement (3/19/2018 class)
I arranged at home. Magnolia with rose and Alstroemeria / ceramic
It's blooming after two weeks, changed to pine and flowering pear tree

Monday, April 2, 2018

Golden Anniversery

March 30, 2018 was our 50th anniversary. All my three children and their spouses plus four grandchildren came home for a day of celebration. It was also Easter weekend. After we finished our feast in the restaurant, we came home to have the desert, Brooklyn bakery cakes. My husband and I were so happy and proud of the good progress of our family; the successful careers of our 2nd generation children and the doing well in school of our 3rd generation grandchildren. The most important and fortunate aspect is everybody is in good health. Thank you for these blessings.
I received this flower bouquet from my children. The colors reflect this occasion. I used most of the flowers to make an Ikebana arrangement to memorialize our golden anniversary. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Complementing an Art Work - (7)

Make an arrangement based on the inspiration given by the art work. Here were three arrangements done by other artists I particularly love the most. Each arrangement was complementing or incorporating the art works. They were exhibited at the Philadelphia Flower Show. The first one is the famous Hiroshige's wood block (Ukiyoe) with an arrangement. We have this lesson in Ikebana text book 5. I also tried this lesson few years ago.   

Saturday, March 24, 2018

The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show - Ikebana (6)

These are the 3rd rotation of Ikebana, the last one from 3/9/2018 to 3/11/2018. The reason we need three rotations is Ikebana demands the flowers fresh enough for 3-4 days of display and also to give more opportunity to other eligible people to show their works.   
The first picture is my arrangement. It's on a 2feet x 4feet x 4inches platform.
Material: Azalea, Glorirosa, Mum, golden rod, pine and vine / ceramic vase on wooden board
My arrangement 

Friday, March 23, 2018

The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show- Ikebana (5)

These are the 2nd rotation of Ikebana arrangements from 3/6/2018 to 3/8/2018. My arrangement will be in the 3rd rotation, so I have to bring my materials to the convention center on 3/8 night to arrange there to be ready for display from 3/9 to 3/11/2018.

The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show- Ikebana (4)

The first rotation of the Ikebana section from 3/2 to 3/5/2018. I was there to do my host duty. To promote I.I.( Ikebana International) and to answer the questions about Ikebana. Three Ikebana schools: Ikenobo, Ohara and Sogetsu. Their individual arrangements were shown here: