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【Result announcement】7th Everyone's Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibition

This time, there were 230 entries from 14 countries in the world.
Thanks to you, I recorded the largest number ever!
Thank you very much.



【The seventh term Golden Moon Prize】
Name: 許淑貞(Taiwan)
Theme: 簡潔力線
Material: Wisteria, New Zealand flax, Chinese ixora
Container: Acrylic vase
Iemoto's Comment: The wild look of the wisteria vine is well expressed, and line and space resonate with each other to let us feel strong movement. By adding a straight line with one leaf of New Zealand flax, a contrast with the wisteria vine is created. The orange color of the Chinese ixora works well as an accent, showing her great ability in constructing the whole work. 


【The seventh term Silver Moon Prize】
Name: Kobayashi Erina
Theme: Arrival of Summer
Material: Stemona japonica, Cocktown orchid, Globe amaranth, Acrylic rod
Container: Glass vase
Iemoto's Comment: This work is transparent enough that we are unwillingly drawn to look into it. Although it is just one work, when we create this kind of work, we have to think about how we can construct several spaces, such as outside the vase, inside the vase, and inside the water. This work combines all of them in a well-balanced manner. The structure expanding from water to the outside of vase is smoothly connected.

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【The seventh term Silver Moon Prize】
Name: Claire Maetzig (New Zealand)
Theme: Early Spring
Material: Magnolia, Japanese apricot, Japanese quince and more
Container: Ceramic vase
Iemoto's Comment: An early spring message has arrived from New Zealand which is currently in a different season from Japan. Combining the plants in tonal colors, a gradation of brilliant pink colors was born. Not just mixing the three different plants, but they are assembled in a well-balanced style so as to complement each other through both their similarities and differences.


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【The seventh term Silver Moon Prize】
Name: Paola Belfiore (Italy)
Theme: Expressing a movement: bouncing
Material: Ponytail palm, Physalis
Container: Ceramic vase
Iemoto's Comment: Light movement of this work amuses our eyes. Berries of physalis look like musical notes drawn on the staff notation of the ponytail palm and make a rhythmical sound. The subtle difference of the individual lines of the stems of physalis and the leaves of the ponytail palm are emphasized and that creates a soft and natural flow.

【The seventh term Ikeru-chan Prize】
The Ikeru-chan Prize is given to applicants under 18 years old.
This time, the following four child ikebanists are awarded: Aoki Hibiki (12 years old), Abe Yuma (9 years old), Amelia Worner (8 years old) and Isabel Worner (6 years old). 

Iemoto's Comment
When I screen works for the Ikeru-chan Prize, I can help smiling because I can easily imagine the applicants were absorbed in what they want to do or what they want to try. Among their works, I found those showing excellent abilities to observe or sensitive caring which even shocked us adults as some carefully thought about the relationship with the vase, or others were meticulously finished their works. I hope they will keep on learning ikebana enjoyably and freely. 



【The seventh term Ikeru-chan Prize】
Name: Aoki Hibiki
Theme: Ikebana Through My Eyes
Material: Calla, Leather flower, Sedum, Davallia tricomanoides, Lycoris
Container: Metal vase


【The seventh term Ikeru-chan Prize】
Name: Abe Yuma
Theme: Colorful IkebanaMaterial: Flax lily, Polyantha rose, Italian Ruscus, Okra, Dancinglady orchid, Spray mum, Iris
Container: Self-made styrofoam vase

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【The seventh term Ikeru-chan Prize】
Name:Amelia Worner(8 years old)(Spain)
Theme:Think Freely
Material:Sunflower, Liriope, Tortured willow
Container:Ceramic vase

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【The seventh term Ikeru-chan Prize】
Name:Isabel Worner(6 years old)(Spain)
Theme:Think Freely
Material:Horsetail, Packing material
Container:Ceramic vase

Iemoto's Comment
This time, we received our largest-ever total of 230 applications from around the world.
Thank you very much for showing such a strong interest in this exhibition. Since we determined this time that applicants could freely select their own themes, I’m sure that each of them could create the work that they want to create and enjoy the process. Ideas that they have cherished for a long time, ikebana works that they really want to arrange, and skills that they want to try on this occasion: there must be as many episodes equivalent to the number of applications. 

The "Everyone's Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibition” is displayed and judged only on photos, so how well you are able to take pictures of your own precious work is of utmost importance. Ikebana and photography have an odd relationship, and depending upon how you take pictures of your ikebana works, the photographed works can look totally different from the actual ikebana. You also have to pay attention to rendering: how do you want to show your work on the photograph. You have to be careful about the height of eye level, brightness, background… this could go on forever. The efforts that you try to show your work in a good photograph are as important as the efforts to arrange a good ikebana work. In this exhibition, once you find a work that you like, please also focus on how it is photographed.

Recently, the number of applicants applying as class or group members has increased. I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to the instructors who encourage their students to participate in this exhibition as an idea of their presentation. The "Everyone's Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibition” is an excellent opportunity for a great many people to see your work. By taking pictures and letting your work attract other people’s attention, I’m sure that you will notice something new. It would be enjoyable if you comment upon or give advice each other while looking at the works along with your classmates who learn ikebana together with. I sincerely hope that you continue to utilize this exhibition as a tool to promote your creative activities.

I am greatly looking forward to seeing your works again next time.

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