Monday, December 18, 2017

Seeing Sensei Hosono at work - our Delhi visit

December 12th 2017

When we heard that sensei Yoka Hosono from HQs would be coming to the Delhi Sogetsu chapter, we of course were very keen to attend from Chennai.  Seven of us from the Chennai Study Group assembled at the airport on the morning of 12th, filled with anticipation and excitement at the coming treat.  Pushkala had even packed a handy breakfast for each of us!!  As we sat munching on the yummy idlies, we looked through the windows at the tarmac and much to our horror, the winter mist/fog had descended and we could not even see the runway!

As a result our flight departed more than three and a half hours late, and we were sure to be late for the 230pm start of the demonstration to the Embassy of Japan.  Mrs Veena Dass kindly organised to keep our bags  as we rushed directly to the Embassy.

Alas, the demonstration was just done, and we were only in time for the sumptuous and refreshing tea!!  One of our members Chitra who had travelled earlier was the lucky one to sit through the demonstration.  However, we enjoyed viewing the completed exhibits.

This large piece at the entrance gave us a warm welcome.
The nine pieces that were spread out on the tables.  The room was magical, with the backdrop of the Japanese-style windows.

Working with local materials, sensei Hosono used depth, movement and space to create this freestyle composition.

Sensei along with the Basic moribana composition in a large suiban.

Complementing the container

The challenge of the shape of the container

Working with dry material and driftwood

Creating width across a shallow container

Mirroring the colours and lines on the vase

Highlighting the orange of the container

The smiles say it all!

December 13th

Awaiting the start of the curriculum sessions

The joy of seasonal material

Working without a kenzan

Sensei's assistant is a member of the Delhi Chapter.

An unusual container calls for interesting treatment!

Experimenting with a glass vase

Lotus is a common yet significant material for us in India, and in south India it flowers almost through the year. Used in worship, it is usually available in the markets with a short stalk.  Also, the material is such that the stem does not hold the leaf or flower erect.  Is it possible to use this material tall, in an arrangement.  In order to get some tips on treatment and usage, Pushkala and Chitra had organised for lotus leaves and flowers, so that sensei Hosono could explain the treatment method.

The video below shows sensei Hosono pumping the stems full of water, so as to give the stalks firmness and the ability to be erect.

The Chennai group with sensei Hosono
It was a lovely two days for us ladies from Chennai, and we bade farewell and thanks to the members of the Delhi chapter who were wonderful hosts as usual.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Celebrating the Emperor's birthday

 29th November 2017

On the occasion of the celebration of the birthday of the Empereor of Japan, the Consulate in Chennai organised a reception and requested sensei Malathi Pandurang, the Chairperson of the Sogetsu Study Group, and Ms Cherry Venkatesan, sensei of the Ohara school to create  Ikebana compositions to welcome the guests.

While Mrs Pandurang chose a traditional Indian cooking container, urali, Mrs Venkatesan chose a large suiban for her composition.

Chrysanthemums, ixora branches, Limoneum, Oriental Lily and gold threads in an exuberant display. The frontal view.

The view from the side

The two contrasting arrangements formed a colourful feast for the eyes.

Mr and Mrs Seiji Baba await their guests

With the Consul General and his wife

With the arrangement

A touch of home for the Japanese

December 1st 2017

As Chennai gets a respite from the summer and enters the pleasant season, the city usually gets busy with foreign visitors and cultural activities of various sorts.

One of the large hotels in the city, The Leela Palace, was hosting a dinner for a group of Japanese guests.  What better way to make them feel at home then to give them a touch of Ikebana.

On the request of the event organisers, senseis Prerana and Meenakashi of the Study Group created table arrangements for the event.
Six similar arrangements were needed on one single  dining table for 30 people.  For this, Asia Lilies, carnations, aspidistra and Gypsofilia were used in a round glass container.  The compositions were festive and colourful.

Another two nagiere arrangements were placed on the side tables, of which we have no pictures, unfortunately.
Sensei Prerana and Sensei Meenakshi with one of the arrangements

The arrangements were much appreciated by the guests and the organisers.