THE anniversary of the establishment of Malaysia-Japan diplomatic relations was marked by an ikebana (flower arrangement) demonstration at the Japanese ambassador’s residence in Kuala Lumpur.
“The founder of the Ikenobo School first completed the art of flower arrangement in 1462 in a temple right in the centre of Kyoto.
“This year is the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Malaysia and this demonstration of ikebana symbolises the development of a stronger bond between both countries,” said Japanese ambassador Dr Makio Miyagawa.
The Ikenobo style of flower arrangement was conducted by Senko Ikenobo, who is headmaster designate of the Ikenobo School in Kyoto, Japan.
Senko used plants found in Malaysia to arrange her ikebana.
She said the Japanese express their hopes through ikebana, also known as kadou (the way of flowers). It is also to pray for good health and blessings in life.
Ikebana practitioners from the Ikenobo Society of Floral Art do not use flowers only, but leaves and twigs as well.
“This is because we can feel the life and beauty of nature in every part of the plant. All of them are meaningful in expressing the philosophy of life,” said Senko.
The evolution of Ikenobo’s ikebana gave rise to three main styles – rikka, shoka and modern freestyle.
The event was also a curtain raiser for the Ikenobo Exhibition and Demonstration at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.
The three-day event featured over 100 artistic flower arrangements by Senko and her students from all over the world.