On June 28th 2016, Ikenobo Headquarters was honored to receive 22 participants of the Harvard Summer School Kyoto Program sponsored by Doshisha University for the fourth consecutive year.
A group had a brief tour to the Rokkkudo Temple, Dojo, Ikebana Museum, and the advanced Shoka and Rikka Shumputai classes of the Ikenobo Central Training Institute. During the viewing of the classrooms, visitors were amazed at the beautiful arrangements and enjoyed talking with the Ikenobo students of the classes, learning from their experiences.
Ikebana workshop was held by Ikenobo Headquarters Professor Manabu Noda. Prof. Noda illustrated some of the important aspects of ikebana and Japanese culture with examples such as sense of seasons, feeling of life and passing of time.
Following his instructions to “talk with flowers” and “search for the most beautiful face of flowers”, the participants created free style arrangement using gerbera, rose, dracaena, bulrush. Prof. Noda gave critiques to all of their arrangements. They realized the value of Ikenaba with the words of “Ikebana reflects arranger’s inner thoughts”. In his closing remarks, Prof. Noda emphasized the preciousness of playing catch with flowers to refresh oneself in modern society, since the more convenient life becomes, the less verbal communication people have, and he encouraged the participants to have contact with living plants in their home once in a while in their busy life.
We hope that participants had a good experience in learning ikebana.