In addition to all the ikebana, we also got to see the fantastic Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. A wonderful presentation of marine life from the seas warmed by the currents flowing north east in this part of the north Pacific Ocean.
This spectacular tank called the Kuroshio Sea has one 'glass' wall of enormous size. It is made from laminated acrylic plates and is 60cm thick.
Later, back in Tokyo, we caught up with the 'Growing Gardener'. I had seen him from a train on the Yamanote line in 2011 and wanted to get a closer look.
Last week I showed some photos from the Members' Exhibition at the Convention in Okinawa. Here are some more.
This work is by my Ichiyo ikebanist and internet friend, Gail Newman, from the USA. Unfortunately, her allocated space was at the end of a table and therefore did not have a full-width white background.
Arrangements by Chieko Yazaki, Elizabeth Angell Emily and Karanikolopoulos can be seen on the Melbourne Chapter blog.
Also waving the flag for Australia and New Zealand...
...Masae Ako, Sogetsu School, Sydney Chapter.
Ping Block, Sogetsu School, Sydney Chapter.
Kaye Pearson, Sogetsu School, Lismore Chapter.
Tomoko Hirano, Sogetsu School, New Zealand.
The following works are just a few that caught my attention and are by people unknown to me.
Kazumi Kagawa, Ryukyu Omororyu, Okinawa.
This by Monika Nussberger, a Misho-ryu practitioner from Switzerland. The arrangement was like an early Spring arrangement. In front of which stood 7 glass cylinders filled with water. They were arranged irregularly with gaps between some so that some of the materials appeared to be under water but were not.
A seika arrangement by Regula Maier, another Misho-ryu practitioner from Switzerland.
Doris Wong, Sogetsu School, Hong Kong.
Unfortunately I did not record the name nor school of this cheeky work. Three slightly crushed cardboard cylinders bound with some vine and a single very small leaf blade, peeping from the back.
Clara Li, Ichiyo School, Shanghai.
This last work is by Tomiko Uesato of the Ohara School. I got to know of Tomiko, having met her sister-in-law last year when we were on a tour to Rajasthan. It is delightful that the shared passion for Ikebana creates unexpected opportunities for connecting with people from around the world.
You might also want to check Emily Karanikolopoulos's blog.
Greetings from Christopher
22nd April 2017