Ritsumeikan Flower Arrangement / Ikebana (生け花) Class - Vikingess Voyages

Monday, May 30, 2011

Ritsumeikan Flower Arrangement / Ikebana (生け花) Class

In addition to the Japanese confectionary class (Wagashi), I'm also taking Ikebana, or flower arrangement, this semester. This is a class which Ritusmeikan offers, and which is exclusive for exchange students.
The classes are being held in Missho Kaikan (未生会館) in the western part of Kyoto, and this place is a part of the well-known Misho-ryu Sasaoka School.
Sooo.. Without further ado, here are some pictures from the Ikebana-classes we have had so far:
From our first Ikebana-class
One of the really nice things about this class is that we get to take the flowers with us back home after the class is done. Here are the flowers from the first class we had, and the vase on the picture is one I made last semester in my ceramics class (陶芸)

Second Ikebana class
Our teacher explaining the technicalities of Ikebana
This style is called Seika (生花), and is from the Japanese Edo-period
In Ikebana it is usual to use flowers that hasn't fully bloomed yet, so that one can enjoy the sight of the flower at different stages.

4th Ikebana class: Moribana-style (盛花) arrangement with Sunflowers (ひまわり)

Above: How to arrange flowers in Moribana-style

Close-up of the flower bowl

Moribana-style (盛花)

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