Exhibition of Ikebana & Shodō - 28 and 29 October

Kim Ouweleen


Since a few years, the EGCC offers several types of ikebana classes in our building, by both the Nederlandse Ikebana Vereniging (the third Friday of each month) and Hanakunst (every other Wednesday, 13:00-15:30, by Mrs. Masako Higashi). 

Recently, in the weekend of 28-29 October, the EGCC hosted a combined exhibiton of ikebana (Japanese floral art) and shodō (Japanese calligraphy), organised by Ikebana Ikenobo Chapter Nederland and Hanamoji Kalligrafie Nederland. 

Ikenobō (池坊) is the oldest and largest school of ikebana, which was founded in the 15th century by the Buddhist monk Senno. Its school is based at the Rokkaku-dō temple in Kyoto. The name Ikenobō is derived from a pond (ike) where Prince Shōtoku (聖徳太子) was bathing.

Gradual changes in customs and living conditions throughout the ages, are reflected in the development of styles in Ikenobo Ikebana. Each style finds its own characteristic way to express the spirit of its time. There are three main recognised styles: Rikka (立花), Shōka (生花) and the modern, free style, Jiyūka (自由花).
All styles of ikenobo were represented in the exhibition, which showed the work of many different artists. 
Demonstrations were also provided by Mrs. Noriko van der Linden-Momose (president of Ikebana Ikenobo Chapter Nederland), Geeske Jansen, Arie Huisman, Francien Koppelaar, Tini van de Wetering and Shigemi Ekhart. On saturday afternoon, the exhibition was graced with the presence of special guest Mrs. Midori Inomata, wife to the Japanese ambassador in the Netherlands.

For a photo album of the exhibition, click here

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