Tuesday, March 17, 2009

More from the Japan week

Venkatesh posted some pictures from the Japan week earlier, here.

Here are some more...

The Japanese version of our "dhrishti pushnikai"?

Another guardian


The Ohara School in Chennai also participated and had a lovely corner. Above, is a Rimpa style arrangement, related to the Rimpa style of painting in Japan, from what I coud gather, from the write-up next to the arrangement. The decorative qualities of the materials used are captured.

Water reflecting style

The literature read, "  In this style the subject is placed to slant over the container and cast its reflection on the surface of the water.  it is called the Water reflecting style because the Subject, the Secondary and the Object are arranged so a wide surface of water is visible"


My photo cut off the literature, but searching on the 'net, I discovered that this style is based on the Chinese art of painting, and looks to highlight the poetic and elegant nature of one's material.
A typical Ohara landscape, I thought!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Kadou Enshu Ikebana

I came across this interesting Ikebana video on You Tube. This is from the Kadou Enshu School of Ikebana in Japan. This technique is perhaps not used in our Sogetsu School. However, we can see it for academic sake :).
Courtesy : www.kadouenshu.com

From the Iemoto's Gallery

Here is Iemoto Akane's arrangement of March 2009.
She describes it as "Alocasia odora leaf seems to resonate against the rotundity of the ceramic bowl. Magnolia quinquepeta augments the warm feeling."

Materials : Magnolia quinquepeta, Alocasia odora
Vase : Ceramic bowl
Size : 76×95×78cm
Courtesy : http://www.sogetsu.or.jp/english/exhibition/index.html

[[ I am working on the Auroville Trip write up. Till I post, enjoy this one ]]

Monday, March 9, 2009

Japan Cultural Week at Lalita Kala Academy, Chennai

Japan Cultural Week was celebrated at the Lalita Kala Academy, Chennai. It included Japanese Dolls Exhibition and Tea Ceremony. Some members of the Sogetsu Chennai Study Group did Ikebana arrangements as well. Here are some Pictures.

By Vaishali





Tuesday, March 3, 2009

HH The Dalai Lama's Visit to Auroville

His Holiness The Dalai Lama visited Auroville. On this occasion, Sensei Valeria did Many Ikebana arrangements to welcome Him. Here are some pictures. (Please click on them for bigger ones). Thank you Sensei.

Nice arrangement

The Golden Disk of the Matri Mandir (in the background) is used as a vase.

Sensei & the monks giving the finishing touch at the Buddha Altar

Another arrangement

One more Ikebana

Sensei at work

Finished arrangement

The Dalai Lama