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Ikebana decoration for a dinner party of Cartier

2016.10.31 21:52

I decorated a high-end Japanese restaurant with a lot of Ikebana arrangement ordered by Cartier, a famous jewely brand. There was a special dinner party for their customers.

I’d like to introduce some pieces of my Ikebana arrangements.

This is the image of Cartier for me.
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I used 2 Monstera leaves and cut and intertwined one leaf to create a kind of green unique jewel.
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This is a dinner venue, a beautiful room surrounded by a huge Japanese garden.
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I arranged  a huge arrangement on the left back of the room.
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I used a lot of drifted trees to express the powerful beauty of Japan.
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Arrangements on the table
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This is a day light view. The same arrangement looks different.

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If you have time to spare, please photo album on my facebook.
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Ikebana demonstration in Minneapolis

2016.8.30 00:27

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I did an Ikebana demonstration in Minneapolis, MN. The reason why I went to there is to attend the enrollment ceremony of Macalester college as my daughter starts to study there. The president of the biggest flower school in Minneapolis, the Koehler & Dramm Institute of Floristry, kindly invited me to do a demonstration there. I really appreciate Ms. Ardith Beveridge for her powerful support.

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The right person is Ardith who supported me a lot. As the company has a wholesale flower market and container shop as well as a flower school, I could use flowers and containers freely with their generosity.

I arranged 12 Ikebana works.
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Firstly, I showed the principle of Ikebana, “Less is More”. The use of one flower, one leaf and one piece of foliage has more meaning than the use of many. I arranged only one branch and one flower in a small vase to show the beauty of simplicity.

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The second arrangement is the easy and simple one that everyone can start from today.  I created beautiful spaces just with a few leaves and flowers with adding a movement in the structure.
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The third one. I made the most of the lines of  grass, steel grass, to show the beauty of leaves. People tend to think that leaves are sub-character, but they have their own beauty if you pay close attention to them.

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The 4th arrangement. I changed the shape of leaves dramatically.

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Here is a video to make this Ikebana arrangement.

The fifth Arrangement.
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The 6th arrangement with palm leaves and hydrangea.
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I changed the shape of palm leaves and created the diversified possibility of leaves.  A big circle of Siberian dogwood gives a dramatic tension in space.
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The 7th arrangement. Center part is Artichoke, a vegetable.
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The 8th arrangement features the color, red.
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The 9th arrangement. Inspired by the shape of vase, I aimed at the geometric structure.
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Horsetail and a fig branches.
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The 10th arrangement is a earthy and powerful structure to show the dignity of our mother nature.
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The 11th arrangement is a huge one. I was explaining how to fix materials in a big-mouth and tall vase.
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The final arrangement. The biggest arrangement in this demonstration.
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Every arrangement was auctioned, a silent auction that guests write down their price at that they want to buy.

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With Ardith
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With Yoshie who is also a teacher of Ikebana and supported me a lot.
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If you have time, please check the photo album of this demonstration. I uploaded a lot of photos.
Photo album of Ikebana Demonstration in Minneapolis

An interview on a magazine

2015.10.15 12:11

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I had an interview on a magazine, No.1 English Magazine for foreigners in Japan, “Metropolis” I talked about what is Ikebana and what Ikebana means for me.

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Here is the article on the Web Please check it up.

Another one was published by Japanese company. A writer tried an Ikebana lesson and explained her experience comically. Interesting article!

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