The Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Manila No. 87 will hold an exhibition of Ikebana Arrangements as one of the highlights of Hortikultura 2018, the annual garden show of the Philippine Horticultural Society chaired by Dorie S. Bernabe. The exhibit will be held from Feb. 2-5, 2018 at the QCX, the Quezon City Museum, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City.
The Ikenobo School, which is the oldest school of Ikebana and touted as “the Origin of Ikebana”, has a recorded history of more than 550 years. The Manila Chapter, meanwhile, is celebrating its 35th year this 2018.
The theme of the Ikebana Exhibit is “Baskets and Bamboo Vases”. The society will be using baskets, antique and modern ones, and vases made from bamboo as their vessels for their arrangements. The styles of Rikka (Classical Style with 9 parts), Shoka (Natural Style with 3 parts) and Jiyuka (Free style) will be presented.
“Ikebana is not a cultural heritage, but a living culture. Because it is alive, it reflects the sense of contemporary times and continues to evolve. If it is unable to absorb the sense of contemporary times, Ikebana will become a cultural heritage” as stated by the 45th Ikenobo Headmaster Sen’ei Ikenobo of the Ikenobo Society of Floral Arts Headquarters in Kyoto, Japan.
He reiterated that understanding the magnificence of the classical Ikebana is important, but an Ikebana artist should pursue new artistic impressions without clinging to the classical styles. Accepting these new aesthetic impressions will lead to new learning and yet retaining a sense of flexibility. The artist should be aware of himself becoming unconsciously bound by these new influences, and take the time and effort in accepting a new sense of contemporary state.
Ikebana is a creative expression of your thoughts. It may be an exaggeration to say this, but the Headmaster believes Ikebana can illuminate the world. He sincerely hopes the Ikebana Artist will devote himself to Ikebana and become a person to give inspiration and hope to the world
Come and visit the exhibition of the Ikenobo Society of Manila. View and appreciate the art of Ikebana the Ikenobo Way! –-BY DR. ROMEO P. BALDERRAMA, JR., Immediate Past President, Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Manila.