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Vol. 84: Sogetsu Exhibition, Shinjuku 2014 "Breath of Green--Message to the Next Generation"

The Sogetsu Exhibition, Shinjuku 2014 "Breath of Green—Message to the Next Generation" started at Shinjuku Takashimaya Department Store!

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We invited Mr. Takehiko Sanada, artist and clothing designer, to do the art direction to create an invigorating space made of "green" which symbolizes life and "white" which signifies the light needed for life to grow.

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The site consists of the five areas: sho, raku, geki, sei and yu. Each area is covered with white cloth having slight different nuances and filled with the diverse charms of green.


My place is in the sho area.

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The 5 black iron suibans were combined and lines were drawn in space with split bamboo.


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Various green colors—Enkianthus perulatus, Magnolia obovata, Ceriman, Japanese maple and Thunberg spirea—were arranged.


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Lastly, movement was included  by adding more lines of split bamboo.


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Please try the breath of fresh green wrapped in a gentle space like a cocoon directly at the site.


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A wide variety of ikebana works from hanging works to arrangements and reliefs on the walls are displayed.


Last but not least, "Ikeru-chan", the first character mascot in the ikebana world, finally debuted! She welcomes you at the entrance.

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I hope that you will be able to feel the power of green with all your senses.

See you at the site!


Sogetsu Exhibition, Shinjuku 2014 "Breath of Green—Message to the Next Generation"
Dates:         June 5th (Thu.) - 10th (Tue.), 2014
                 — First Term:            5th (Thu.) - 7th (Sat.)
                  Second Term:      8th (Sun.) - 10th (Tue.)

Time:          10:00am – 8:00pm
                  (Closing at 8:30pm on the 6th and at 6:00pm on the 7th and 10th)
                   Admission is allowed 30 minutes before the closing time.

Venue:        11th Floor Exhibition Hall, Shinjuku Takashimaya Department Store
                 5-24-2, Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo / Tel: 03-5361-1111

Admission: 800 JPY (Tax included)  * Students age 15 and under: Free

Organized by: Sogetsu Foundation

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