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2013/05/16

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Vol. 68: North American Sogetsu Seminar in Los Angeles!


In May, I feel comforted with fresh green leaves. How are you doing in this season?

From the end of April to the beginning of May, I went to Los Angeles to participate in the North American Sogetsu Seminar!

This seminar is one of Sogetsu Ikebana’s most significant events held once every four years. I had an exciting and terrific time with Sogetsu members gathered from North America, South America, Asia and Europe as always!

I realized ikebana’s attractiveness, possibilities and depth once again thanks to this seminar with various innovative events worthy of this world great entertainment city, in addition to the fulfilling workshops and exhibitions. 

 

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Arrival in LA! With my sister Kiri, who is the Executive Director of Sogetsu North America, and other staff members

 

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LA Branch members. They prepared meticulously for this Seminar for many years.

 

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On the day following my arrival, we collected flower materials at Descanso Gardens in the suburbs of LA. We could get wonderful materials.

 

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At the flower market. Wherever I go in the world, flower markets excite me!

 

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In this Seminar, I performed the “Iemoto Ikebana Live”, for the first time outside of Japan.

In the limited time, I was fully focused on the rehearsal.

 

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I created the bamboo installation in the lobby of the hotel where the Seminar was being held. The satisfactory completion made all of us hyper in spite of its being midnight!

 

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It’s too cute not to miss taking a picture!

 

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The hotel strongly insisted on displaying this installation longer than the originally intended period!

 

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Prior to the Welcome Dinner, the ribbon cutting ceremony for the exhibition was held. With my sister Kiri and Ms. Gyokushun Takeichi, Director of the LA Branch

 

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During the Welcome Dinner, a fashion show entitled “Sogetsu Meets Fashion” was held.

 

The show was the collaboration between “MOYURU”, the fashion house producing original and comfortable-to-wear clothing under the themes of “the Earth,” “the Wind” and “Freedom” and the headwear created by Sofu in addition to those created for this show by the creative team of the LA Branch!

 

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On April 27, finally the time has come. Just before the “Iemoto Ikebana Live”. All of us performed a ritual to get psyched up together!

 

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Then, the great success!! The live performance closed to cheers and applause. (The photos of the stage will be uploaded later. Don’t miss them!)

 

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A commemorative photo was taken with all the members who were involved in my performance.

 

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On the day after enjoying the “Iemoto Ikebana Live”, the workshops started. Every participant approached the flower materials with an earnest mood.

 

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In this Seminar, Ms. Kumiko Kato, the Master Instructor of the Headquarters, also conducted her workshop.

 

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At the Sayonara Dinner on the 29th. Cheers after the great success of the Seminar!

 

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“Sogetsu Meets Dance” performed as an attraction during the dinner.

The costumes using plants were made by the LA Branch members.

 

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For the ensemble of dance and ikebana, the applause seemed unending!

 

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On the last day of the Seminar, the outdoor workshop was held in Descanso Gardens. Beautiful roses were in full bloom.

 

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The workshop was held in an arbor with the theme of Dynamic Ikebana. Although the participants used the same materials, each creation was unique.

 

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Outdoors, the participants were divided into eight groups and the workshop for large arrangements was held. University students and young artists joined the groups of the Sogetsu members and they produced unique pieces while inspiring each other. By special grace of the Gardens, these creations were to remain on display for several days.

 

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With Mr. David R. Brown, Executive Director of Descanso Gardens who took very good care of us. On this day as well, he came to the site early in the morning and happily watched over us.

 

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I heard that the Los Angeles Branch had started their efforts to hold this Seminar with training for their members. Their brilliant personalities were combined and brought excellent results.

 

Ikebana is really fun!! The North American Sogetsu Seminar in Los Angeles was a gorgeous occasion which made me feel that again! 

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