Ikebana Floral Extravaganza in Jamaica

On Wednesday November 28th I was invited to attend a special event entitled “Ikebana Floral Extravaganza”. The highlight was the visit of and a demonstration by renowned Ikebana artist Tetsunori Kawana from the Sogetsu school of Ikebana. Although I have read about Ikebana I have never seen it demonstrated in person so this event was a great opportunity for me to broaden my knowledge about Japanese culture. I learned a lot about the history of Ikebana in Jamaica since it’s introduction in the late 1960’s.

My favourite arrangement of the night of the 12 or so done by Mr Kawana

What is Ikebana?

Ikebana (生け花, “living flowers”) is the Japanese art of flower arrangement, also known as kadō (華道, the “way of flowers”). “Ikebana” is from the Japanese ikeru (生ける, “keep alive, arrange flowers, living”) and hana (花, “flower”). Possible translations include “giving life to flowers” and “arranging flowers”. – Wikipedia

New Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica

We all were introduced to the new Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica – Yasuo Takase. He is Japan’s 7th Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica. He spoke about how honoured he was to be in Jamaica during our 50th year of Independence celebrations and reminded us that come 2014 it will be 50 years since Jamaica and Japan established formal diplomatic relations.

It was a great event that helped me to rekindle by love of Japanese culture at a local event as well as catch up with some old friends and meet new ones.