Close up on one of the dolls. Check out his expression. He represents a courtier who has consumed too much sake! The boxes on the shelf above the inebriated fellow represent money given to the prince and princess. The colorful triangles represent sweet mochi, a celebratory food.
Thank you Mrs. Katayama and JASH for giving us lessons in Shodo. We learned that Mrs. Katayama's mother was a student of Kozan School of Ikebana. "Friendship through flowers." That is II's motto.
Nanako Tingleaf's arrangement. This is an Ikenobo arrangement.
Everyone practicing their brush strokes.
Holding the brush with firm but light pressure is very important.
Listening to great direction from Mrs. Katayama.
Ms Shinagawa, from JOI, leading the kirigami worksop. Nina brought the washi, scissors, and informational packet for all to understand the art form kirigami. Thank you Nina.
Members working on their paper flower.
II teachers working on a large arrangement. This arrangement is similar to the one arranged by Senko Ikenobo at the 18th NCARC. This was the ikebana convention for all II members in the North and Central Americas. Professors from Japan flew over to lead workshops. The D/FW II chapters put on a wonderful convention.
Mrs. Fujimori adding flower material to the big arrangement.
Arrangement done. Picture time!
Ohara School - Arranged by Sushila Mathew
Ichiyo School - Arranged by Shirley Bludau
Ohara School - Sushila Mathew