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Ikebana in a movie

2018.4.25 23:47

Finally the movie, “My Little Monster”, that I decorated the location setting with Ikebana  will be released!

The website of the movie is here: http://tona-kai.jp/

The main character, Haru, has trauma for his family home. His father is a famous politician with high career aspirations and when the father realized that Haru has a enormous high IQ, he was trying to exploit his son’s talent. The director requested me to create an Ikebana that is scary and pull over people to the dark side.  Ikebana can express negative aura as well as positive aura.

Here is the photo of location setting. Haru, when he was 5 years old, is reading a lot of books in front of Ikebana.

Ikebana looks like haunting a boy.

The red materials that looks like spreading vein is RUTOJI, a bleached painted branches.

Another Ikebana is this.

This scene is symbolic in that movie that Haru is forced to do a brain test to check his high IQ.

A little bit making process is here.  I’m discussing with an art director.

The straight lines are OGARA, painted hemp stalk.

Red flower is glory lily and yellow one is Lupin.

Looking forward to seeing you in a movie theatre!

Special Ikebana Experience for Tourists

2018.4.13 14:27

Special Ikebana Experience for Tourists was started. I prepared 3 different courses, Fun Ikebana Experience for 75 mins at Ryokan ( a traditional Japanese Inn), Jumping in a regular Ikebana class, and Intensive Ikebana Lessons for 3 hours.  If you have time to explore Nezu downtown area, I strongly recommend the first course, Fun Ikebana Experience at Ryokan.

As for 3 courses, please check this page. https://www.atelier-soka.com/for_tourists.html

The location of “Fun Ikebana Experience for 75 mins”  is perfect!  HOUMEIKAN MORIKAWA BEKKAN has more than 60 years and you can enjoy the beautiful retro architecture as well as Ikebana. You will feel like back to your Japanese home.

You will take off your shoes at the entrance and we will welcome you with a lot of hospitality.

 

 

You will relax at a traditional Tatami room and enjoy arranging Ikebana, then you will take a picture at Tokonoma (a special alcove that shows hanging scroll in Tatami room)

 

 

These are the photos that recently students of Japanese language school tried to create Ikebana.

The place where we enjoy Ikebana is a beautiful traditional Inn. The style of architecture is old and unique that is precious in modern Tokyo. There are so many attractive points you can never skip. After Ikebana experience, a staff of Ryokan will show you a beautiful architecture and you can enjoy a mini-tour of Ryokan. Let’s take a beautiful photo in like a movie settings.

You can book and pay with credit card on Internet. The booking page is here. The booking page for Fun Ikebana Experience

Of course you can stay that beautiful Ryokan, HOUMEIKAN MORIKAWA BEKKAN.  Here is the page on Hotel.com about the Ryokan.

Ryokan Website

Why not give this fantastic experience a try if you are in Japan?

Workshop in Shanghai

2017.11.12 09:59

On the first day my workshop is a new trial to make a huge collaboration work with all my guests. This is the work we finished to make.

I found many bunches of chopsticks at a local flower market and they were a key to be lead to a new idea.  Each guest make a geometric shape with combining colorful chopsticks.  One shape is already completed structure, but if we mix them all, the structure gets more creative and powerful.

Firstly I explained how to make an interesting geometric structure with sticks. Then guests start to make each different shape. No similar structure can be made. That is the most important point. Each one is different and each one is beautiful.

Let’s start!

All the guests pile up their own structure, then I combines them with flowers.

I really appreciate my guests as they are earnest to learn.

Thinking a total balance, the chopstick structure are added more and more.

I like this side view also. When viewed from each direction, the work looks different and unique.

The first workshop was finished happily.

On the second day each guest tries to make each individual work.

They are really curious about Kenzan ( Japanese needle-pin holder)

I could get a lot of Kenzan at a local flower market. They are already famous in China, but it is difficult to know how to use that correctly.

The first theme is to be concious about lines.  Lines are most important elements in Ikebana world and we always pay close attention to lines of plants.。

I selected horsetail  as flower materials to show lines easily.

The point is how to maximize the characteristic of horsetail lines.

They are really focusing on each flower materials.

Well Done!!  All guests made fantastic Ikebana works.

The second theme is curved lines.

If we trim off excess twigs and leaves, Siberian Dogwood can be a straight line.

We make a curved line from Siberian Dogwood straight line with a special technique.

Chatting with my guests are also interesting and a great fun.

Completed splendid Ikebana works are on a desk and it’s a fantastic scene.

Memorial photo with guests.

Young entrepreneurs who run a popular flower company.

I appreciate Tim and Vivian as my assistant as they supported me till midnight.

My workshop and demonstration were on Internet channel and the number of followers hit 112,424. I can say it was a big success.

I was interviewed after my event.This is an article about my interview.

https://c.m.163.com/news/l/153196.html?spss=newsapp&spsw=3&spssid=1abb70cdd431f1705a89bac780061dcd&from=singlemessage&isappinstalled=0

My article is here.

http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/WONRKR09LL1ZTmbkXUIf4A

I uploaded a lot of photo to my facebook. It will be great if you can check it.

Photo Album on facebook

I never forget this event and I love Shanghai!!!

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