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Professor’s Demonstration & Luncheon 2015

A fantastic demonstration by Professor Makoto Fujii and a superb luncheon was had by all. He lives in Kyoto. It was the Professor’s birthday on Thursday, so there are a couple photos included with his demonstration. The smaller photos at the end are the actual arrangements and are taken from the Ikenobo Chapter files.
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Ikenobo, Honored Guest 45th Headmaster SENSEI IKENOBO

Ikenobo, the origin of Ikebana, was established 600 years ago. It has established over 100 chapters worldwide. The San Diego Chapter celebrated their 38th Anniversary with Honored Guest 45th Headmaster SEN-EI IKENOBO on October 25th, 2014 at the University of San Diego.

Here are a few photos of the exhibition as well as works of art performed by SEN-EI IKENOBO.

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Stress Free Luncheon


Friendship Through Flowers 10:30 AM

As mentioned the lunch will be free, however you must bring an Ikebana Treasure that you have or have not used and love and would like to put on the Silent Auction Table.
The value should be $20 or more. It can be any Ikebana related treasure. You may bring a vase with or without a kenzan and if you want you can put an arrangement in it to auction off.
Your guests are more than welcome to come also. Their lunch will be free if they also bring an Ikebana style treasure for our sale.
Otherwise the cost will be $25 for the lunch.

Location: Chaparral Suites
5001 Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85250

Our “STRESS FREE LUNCHEON, Friendship Through Flowers” was a huge success. The lunch was enjoyed by all and everyone went home with a treasure from the Silent Auction.
Not many pictures were taken but here are a couple for you to enjoy.

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17th North American Regional Conference

Carol Brecker and Fran Milford attended the 17th North American Regional Conference of Ikebana International in Asheville, North Carolina.
The photos are from the reception at the local Art Museum, the Exhibit, Large Outdoor Workshops, Demonstration Workshops and our small workshops. Workshop participants were given generous amounts of materials which included dogwood and Japanese maple.
Asheville Chapter 74 hosted the Conference May 18-22 with grand southern hospitality. Spring was in full bloom throughout this very walkable town. Three demonstrations were conducted by Ichiyo Headmaster Akihiro Kasuya assisted by his son, Headmaster-designate Naohiro Kasuya. Sogetsu Riji Jennie Sterling, Ikenobo Professor 1st Grade Emiko Suzuki. Sterling Sensei combined some of her South African containers with materials she ordered from the Big Island. Japan-born Suzuki Sensei delighted the audience with her true southern accent and accompanied her demonstration with the music of Nora Jones and country Bluegrass. Sensei Akihiro and Naohiro worked in concert to create a massive display using bamboo, dogwood, tropicals, and many local materials. As a finale, Akihiro Sensei used his bamboo saw to create a gravity defying sculpture from one piece of bamboo.

Carol Brecker’s design for the Exhibit.

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The “KEISEN-KAI” of Ikebana /華道「恵千会」
Ms. Junko Usui, Head of the School/主宰 臼井順子

Junko Usi was born in Miyazaki, Japan in 1947, the daughter of a founder of
the Senyo-Ryu Ikebana School in Japan. From the earliest days of her young
age she began studying Ikenobo and many different Ikebana school styles.
When she was 20 years old, she become head of the Teshikawara Wafu-Kai of
the Kansai Chapter. Later on when her mother, a founder of the Senyo-Ryu
retired, she became Iemoto /Head of Senyo-Ryu in 1987.

When she realized the importance of flower arranging being matched with a
modern life style in Japan, she changed her school’s name to “Ikebana
Keisen-Kai” and presides over it.  In 1990 she became Chair of the Ikebana
“Keisen Kai”. She is also teaching not only traditional Ikebana flower
arranging but devoting herself to producing creations of environmental
flower arranging and combined with wild flowers and everyday goods.
“Symbiosis with nature” is her motto. She has produced major newspaper
articles, lectures, events, regional productions and TV media appearances.
She creates flower arranging with everyday convenient goods. She uses wild
flowers for simple and yet elegant arranging.
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The Keisen-Kai ‘s Approach to Ikebana

The changing lifestyle and developments in architecture have influenced the
placement of Ikebana in the home. As you may know, Ikebana is traditionally
placed in a Tokonoma. In the modern era, Japanese people live in a one of
three primary types of homes, traditional Japanese style, western style or
an in-between type that includes elements of both Japanese and western
design principles. Today, in homes without the traditional Tokonoma, the
style of Ikebana has been altered for placement in an entrance hall, living
room or elsewhere.  Knowing all that, Ms. Junko Usui’s method is simple and
casual and based on a freestyle approach using wild flowers with everyday
goods and utilizes basic techniques.

Ms. Usui’s style of Ikebana rewards working closely with nature,
contemplating the nature cycle of flowers, trees, and all living things. Not
only arranging flowers in containers but “let the flower and container play
together”. She teaches Ikebana to create and express our self-identity and
to present the beauty of nature. Carefully paying attention to the natural
shapes, textures and colors of the materials and free thinking in choosing
the containers to match with the flowers.

Written by Harumi Maejima


March 7th Demo & Lunch

Friday, March 7, 2014
Demonstration by Visiting Ikenobo Professor from Japan.  We are pleased to announce that Ikenobo Visiting Professor, Mr. Yoichi Mizutani, will be presenting a demonstration for us.   As always, it will be a privilege and a joy to watch this talented Sensei from Japan, creating works of art.   Professor Mizutani began his study of Ikenobo ikebana in 2004, and in 2011 he graduated from the Advanced Course at the Ikenobo Central Training Institute, Ikenobo Headquarters, Kyoto. He has since completed the Special Advanced Courses in Shoka at the Ikenobo Central Training Institute. In 2011, the professor presented a “Reishiki- ike” ceremony and ikebana demonstration during the Ikenobo event in the Taipei International Flora Exposition, Taiwan. The same year, he visited China as a member of the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths Programme. As a staff member, he participated in the Special Demonstration held at the Tokyo Forum in 2012 celebrating the Ikenobo Ikebana 550th year of recorded history.

Professor Yoichi Mizutani lives in Shimotsuma City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, and teaches ikebana at his own classroom. In addition to his teaching and study of Ikenobo, Professor Mizutani enjoys music and playing classical guitar.