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Tomoko Hayashida, Sogetsu School

Those in San Francisco are in for a treat this weekend March 19 and 20, 2011 for the Ikebana International biennial Flower Show. Much of the proceeds will be donated to disaster relief in Japan. The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Ikebana International, founded in 1959, is one of the most active chapters in the world and includes members from seven schools.

Pictured above is an arrangement by Tomoko Hayashida, Sogetsu School. The Sogetsu School, one of many Ikebana schools, has a more free-style philosophy with emphasis on the artist’s expression and message. The school was founded in 1927 by Sofu Teshigahara who believed anyone could make ikebana anywhere with anything.

Unlike the spherical mass of traditional Western arrangement, ikebana is based on the structural concept of an unequal triangle: with scarcity, minimalism, emphasis on shape, line and form. The Sogetsu philosophy: plants are beautiful just as they are and can be arranged in an effective style to be appreciated even more. The school encourages students to be individual and imaginative.

Other Ikebana International chapters in the U.S. are located in Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Detroit, Honolulu, Washington, DC, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland OR and others.

Sources:

http://www.ikebana.org/index.html

http://www.ikebanahq.org/sogetsu.php

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Photo by Nancy R. Peck

Waiting for a flight. Ten-minute delay to boarding. Ten minutes pass. Then another ten-minute delay to boarding. Call it terminal waiting. I lift a book out of my slumped briefcase on the carpet.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the captain has informed me . . . that he has called in the ground crew for a maintenance check . . . the aircraft apparently hit a bird over the runway on its way in this morning. 

I begin to read the inside flap, then the preface.

Rows of airport wait-seats face each other. Casually seated across is a man about my age. He’s dressed informally yet neatly— black top and black pants. And the apparel actually matches in color saturation. The outfit is punctuated by a set of clean chic sneakers. (more…)

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