My mother, Seiho Nire (楡 清方）passed away on 24th September 2017 at the age of 96. She started teaching Ikebana at Ome, Tokyo in 1957 and taught many students including myself. During her 50 year's career as an Ikebana and Tea ceremony teacher, she exhibited actively at the City Hall and major department stores. She was also good at Calligraphy and Painting. She was not only an excellent teacher, but also a generous person with compassion.. Her positive attitude was a beacon at difficult times. Her legacy will live in the hearts of us and students. She was surrounded with lots of beautiful flowers in the end. Farewell mother, RIP
I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Ikebana hyakudan-kaidan exhibition held at the Gajoen Hotel.
Here are some of the highlights of the beautiful building built in 1910 as well as some of the Shogetsudokoryu arrangements.
Ikebana International members from the Shogetsudokoryu school of Ikebana displayed their arrangements at the Ikebana International Melbourne Chapter Annual Exhibition held at the Sofitel on Collins.
The event was opened by the Consul-General of Japan, Mr Kazuyoshi Matsunaga.
Ikebana International was invited to create an Ikebana display for the Hiroshima Peace Day at St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne CBD.
Artist: Chieko Yazaki
Assisted by: Yoshie Arai, Chiemi Daly
Materials: Silver beech, Chrysanthemum, Lily, Magnolia, Orchid
Artist: Lara Telford
Assisted by: Trish Ward, Beverley Webster
Materials: Silver Beech, Gymea Lily, Chrysanthemum, Camellia leaves, Nandina leaves with Origami Cranes
The Ikebana International 11th World Convention was on the 12th - 15th of April 2017.
The World Convention was fantastic. I met incredible people, listened to beautiful stories and made good friends. The demonstrations by the head of seven schools were so unique and magical.
Princess Takamado with Chapter Presidents at the Special dinner.
Melbourne International Flower and Garden show
The Ikebana International Melbourne chapter won the bronze medal again this year.
The theme is Japan. The back drop is Miyajima - Torii gate. The flower cart is on the right and the white wedding kimono is on the left. In the centre is our Shogetsudokoryu arrangement created by Pascal Tremblay and Chiemi Daly. You can imagine the elegant Japanese aristocrats visiting the shrine in 17th century Japan.
Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year. This New Year arrangement consists of black pine, nandina leaves, oriental lilies, hypericum berries and chrysanthemums. I arranged the mizuhiki (the gold and silver decoration) on the vase. New Years Day was a very hot in Melbourne.