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Ikebana Manila’s ‘Flower Focus’ in bloom

October 20, 2019

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement, a tradition that dates back to centuries ago when floral arrangements were made in altars under the influence of the Buddhists.

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But late in the 16th century, Ikebana became a formal art form in homes and was used not just as decors but as a spiritual process that helps one develop closeness to nature.

Christina Abalos, Ikebana International Manila Chapter president; Sato Junko, Japan Information and Culture Center First Secretary Director, Japanese Embassy; Ihoko Haneda; Margot Perez and Virgie Cheng, directors of Sogetsu Ikebana Manila.

Sogetsu can be done by anyone, anywhere, anytime with any kind of material provided they complete the three central elements: the shin, the longest main stem; the soe, the second long-est stem which supplements the shin; and the hikae, the shortest yet indispensable part of the whole arrangement.

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“Ikebana is not just about sticking a flower into a vase; it is about love and need of the artist to create beautiful forms. Ikebana is not just about flowers, it is about persons who arranges them,” noted Sofu Tashigahara, Ikebana founder.

Perhaps with this in mind and with the theme, “Flower Focus,” some 60 members of Sogetsu Ike-bana led by their director Margot Perez and vice-director, Virginia Cheng successfully put up an exhibit from September 17 to 19 at the Uptown Mall in BGC to celebrate their Pearl Anniversary.

Madam Ihoko Haneda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines, graced the event as Guest of Honor.

Aside from the exhibit, the association held flower arrangement demonstrations by pillars of the Sogetsu Ikebana Society: Marc Tomas, Margot Perez, Vangie Cheng & Carissa Singzon.

In the exhibit, the members were divided into groups who were assigned a particular flower to use in their arrangement like heliconia, sun flower, orchids, roses, carnation, chrysanthemums, calla lilies, mums — all arranged according to their desires. And as expected, the results were mesmerizing; each had a story to tell.

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