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Vol. 94: The 50th Anniversary of Sogetsu in India

2016 is a commemorative year after 50 years of the establishment of the Sogetsu branch in India.
For this occasion, I visited New Delhi, India from February 24 to March 1 not only to celebrate this precious milestone but also to conduct the demonstration and workshop as well as create my work for the exhibition.

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Lobby of the hotel where I stayed. The decoration on the ceiling was splendid!

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On the following day, I visited the house of a branch member and checked containers first.

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Beautiful and perfectly maintained garden!


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They kindly allowed us to cut a lot of plants and flowers.

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I was interviewed for a magazine over the telephone while eating my lunch.

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At the garden of a different member

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Here, I could obtain bright orange branches. Its common name is “coral tree” in the genus of Erythrina.

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On the second night, the welcome party was held with the attendance of Ambassador of Japan to India, H.E. Mr. and Mrs. Kenji Hiramatsu. The lady between the ambassador and me is Mrs. Leela Raj Kumar, the director of Bombay Branch.

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Performance of Ms. Sonam Kalra, a famous musician. It is fantastic music, classic yet contemporary.

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As a token of my appreciation for her wonderful performance, I gave her my book.

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On the third and fourth days, I carried out the workshops.

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Mrs. Veena Dass, Director of New Delhi Branch. This event could not have been realized without her tremendous efforts.

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Demonstration of sample ikebana using local flower materials.

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All the participants worked very seriously with the plants.

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Profound emotion of the creator is embedded in each work.

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After bringing all their skills to bear, they had broad smiles at the end.

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After the workshops, I did the rehearsal for the exhibition and demonstration.The person in front is Ms. Indu Punj who kindly lent us her marvelous house.

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For small works, materials unique to India were used.

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On the 5th morning, I did my ikekomi (arranging) for the exhibition.

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Washi, traditional Japanese paper brought from Japan was boldly arranged.

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The exhibition site was very colorful in combination with all the brilliant saris worn by the participants!

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With Ms. Saveena Gadhoke who was so generous in providing us with flower materials.

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Ambassador H.E. Mr. and Mrs. Hiramatsu also participated in the opening ceremony of the exhibition.

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With the people of the Embassy of Japan in India.

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On the 6th day, it's time for my demonstration. In the morning, I did the rehearsal for my large work.

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I checked thoroughly even at the far end from the stage.

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The demonstration started in the presence of Mrs. Salma Ansari, wife of India Vice President Hamid Ansari, Ambassador Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu and Mrs. Patricia Hiramatsu!

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I created 10 small works and one medium-sized work from the floor.

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The last small work is the celebration flower for the 50th anniversary using mizuhiki (traditional Japanese paper strings).

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The large work was made while mixing the Indian flower materials with the objet d'art made of washi papers.

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The completed work was illuminated!

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I received huge and warm applause from the audience!

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To show my gratitude for her presence, I gave my book to Mrs. Ansari.

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With the committee members of this event!

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The outdoor farewell party was held after the demonstration. So gorgeous!

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Commemorative photo with the members in beautiful saris.

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The Indians love music and dancing. I enjoyed every moment with them!

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A commemorative photo with hotel people!

What I could experience in my stay in India only for six days might be a tiny portion of enormously large India. Even so, I was totally amazed at the energetic power and bottomless potential of this country. And above all, what impressed me most were wonderful smiles of the positive and cheerful Sogetsu members in India! I will never forget the heartfelt hospitality that I received from them!

After passing the great milestone of the 50th anniversary, I sincerely hope that the members in India will work in unison to expand Sogetsu ikebana even more widely toward the 60th, 70th and the 100th anniversary.

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