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Japanese flower arranging – Art of space

By Akane Teshigawara, Grand master of Sogetsu

By Akane Teshigawara, Grand master of Sogetsu

Japanese flower arranging “Ikebana” has a long history. When Buddhism came down to Japan, people put flowers on God. It has been considered an origin of “Ikebana”.

Today, “Ikebana” has become more creative art. “Sogetsu” which is one of Ikebana company holds a exhibition “Watery Shapes Windy Colors” in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

“Welling up  - Space welling up from ground to sky”

“Welling up – Space welling up from ground to sky”

There are various Ikebana styles in Japan. Sogestsu is known as an unique and creative free style. A key of Sogestsu style is “Anytime, Anywhere, Anyone” can enjoy Ikebana by using any materials.

"Space - Space around bamboo”

“Space – Space around bamboo”

Hiroshi Teshigahara, 3rd grand master of Sogetsu said “We should not give a form to Ikebana. Ikebana always have new styles in successive periods,”

"Tunnel-closed space, space from up to down”

“Tunnel-closed space, space from up to down”

The current grand master of Sogetsu, Akane Teshigahara further develops their style and says “Ikebana is that individuals have own new styles reflecting a particular time. From the past and to the future, Ikebana does not have a form, and bloom any space freely like a water and wind.”

Completely free and ever-changing “Water and Wind” is a theme of this exhibition.

"Water level-quiet space around under foot”

“Water level-quiet space around under foot”

In Ikebana, flowers do not need to be symmetry. They are real 3D art works. You can enjoy a flower work from different angles.

"Shining air -Space made by light"

“Shining air -Space made by light”

"Shining air -Space made by light"

“Shining air -Space made by light”

 
Experience arts of space generated by nature beauties and human creativities.
 

 

Sogetsu Exhibition, Shinjuku 2015

“Watery Shapes Windy Colors”

Venue : 11th Floor, Shinjuku Takashimaya Department Store, Tokyo (MAP)

Dates: June 4th (Thu.) – 9th (Tue.), 2015
・First Term: 4th (Thu.) – 6th (Sat.)
・Second Term: 7th (Sun.) – 9th (Tue.)

Time : 10:00am – 8:00pm
(Closing at 8:30pm on 5th and at 6:00pm on 6th and 9th)

Learn more about Sogetsu, visit the following website.
http://www.sogetsu.or.jp/e/
 

 
(Photo & report by Oasis Japan)
 

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