Ikenobo Shanghai Chapter celebrated the 10th Anniversary from 7th to 9th June 2019. Mr. Sen’ei Ikenobo, the Headmaster of Ikenobo, Mr. Masafumi Ikenobo, the Secretary General of Ikenobo Society of Floral Art, Prof. Yukei Miura, Prof. Katsuhito Kurata and Prof. Hekiha Kato visited Shanghai with 52 Ikenobo Japanese members.
From 7th to 9th June 2019, in Shanghai World Financial Center Yunjian Art Museum, Headmaster Sen’ei Ikenobo displayed a grand Rikka-shimputai arrangement. Prof. Yukei Miura and Prof. Katsuhito Kurata arranged classic Rikka. There were also 100 ikebana arrangements made by Japanese and Chinese members. All the arrangements attracted the guests of the museum and made an impression on people in Shanghai.
In the afternoon of 7th June, 75 members from all over China got together and held a meeting with Mr. Masafumi Ikenobo, Prof. Yukei Miura, Prof. Katsuhito Kurata and Prof. Hekiha Kato. Issues related to Ikenobo policy and plans in the future in China were discussed. Members also communicated and changed their opinions.
In the afternoon of 8th June, in Shanghai He Luting Concert Hall, Headmaster Sen’ei Ikenobo conducted the demonstration in front of 500 guests. He introduced Japanese culture and spirit of Ikenobo ikebana through 8 ikebana arrangements. Also, Prof. Yukei Miura preformed 3 ikebana arrangements and traditional “Mawari-ike” was presented by Japanese members after the Headmaster’s demonstration. Banquet was held in the night of 8th June. 190 members from China and Japan participated, deepening the relationship with each other and enjoyed a wonderful moment together.
In the night of 10th June, Prof. Yukei Miura and Prof. Katsuhito Kurata gave a demonstration in front of 100 guests at the stage of Shanghai Grandall. 12 ikebana arrangements were presented with joyful atmosphere by the two Professors.
In the evening of 6th June, Headmaster Sen’ei Ikenobo, Mr. Masafumi Ikenobo and Prof. Yukei Miura visited Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai. After meeting the Chief Priest of the Temple, Headmaster Sen’ei Ikenobo offered an ikebana arrangement in front of the Buddha of the Temple.
Through the events this time, Ikenobo introduced the traditional culture of Japan to people in Shanghai. The spirit of Ikenobo ikebana crossed the national border, building the friendship between Japan and China.