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2014/11/06

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Vol. 89: The 96th Sogetsu Annual Exhibition "Set things you cannot see"

The 96th Sogetsu Annual Exhibition started at the Nihombashi Takashimaya Department Store!
Following the pattern of last year, the exhibition was held in three terms of two days each.

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The theme of this year is "Set things you cannot see," a phrase by the first Iemoto Sofu Teshigahara.
Guided by these vibrant words, each exhibitor approached plant materials to express their feelings.

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On the evening of the 27th, two days before the opening, we set up an ikebana installation at the entrance stage on the 1st floor of Takashimaya Department Store. 

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First, a tree called Remano was raised for the framework.

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Then, Enkianthus perulatus,

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camellia and

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juniper were added.

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The finished piece! Vitality is welling up from the raised Remano and foliage color of Enkianthus perulatus.

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On the following day the 28th, I set up my work at the exhibition site.

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The framework was created using narrow bamboo around iron basins.

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Bands of bamboo split into 16 strips were added.

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Followed by princess trees and Unshiu orange,

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Citrus natsudaidai and Japanese bittersweet were put into place.

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Then came lily-of-the-valley bush at the bottom.

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It's complete! I hope you can feel a refreshing breeze blowing through an autumn landscape.

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Mrs. Senso Onaka who celebrated her 100th birthday the other day was also vigorously setting up her arrangement!

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Mrs. Onaka's dynamic but dignified work was set in iron containers created by herself.

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Iron sculptures, which are her lifework along with ikebana, were also displayed.

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The exhibition is full of variety, including the Master Instructors Section, Arrangements on the Walls, Exhibits around the Poles, Rookies Section, SYC (Sogetsu Young Challengers) Section, and Junior Class Section.

For a pleasant autumn day, we hope you could visit the exhibition and feel the power of flowers throughout your body.

[Exhibition Information]
Dates:    October 29 (Wed.) - November 3 (Mon., National Holiday), 2014
 · First Term: October 29 (Wed.) - October 30 (Thu.)
 · Second Term: October 31 (Fri.) - November 1 (Sat.)
 · Third Term: November 2 (Sun.) - November 3 (Mon., National Holiday)
Time: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm (Closing at 6:00 pm on the 30th of Oct. and 1st and 3rd of Nov.)Admission is allowed 30 minutes before the closing time.
Venue:    Nihombashi Takashimaya Department Store (8th Floor Hall)
Address: 2-4-1 Nihombashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo / Tel: +81-3-3211-4111
Admission: 1000 JPY *Students age 15 or under: Free
Organized by: Sogetsu Foundation

Akane Teshigahara's Installations
Oct. 22 - Nov. 3, 2014 in the Nihombashi Takashimaya Department Store Windows
Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2014 at the Nihombashi Takashimaya Department Store 1st floor entrance hall

Takashimaya Window Display
Oct. 22 - Nov. 3, 2014 in the Nihombashi Takashimaya Department Store Windows
Artists: Kazuko Nakada and Sanae Maeda

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