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February 26, 2015

Ikebana demonstration and Japanese culture exhibits ( February 3, 2015)

On February 3, Consul-General and Mrs. Takaoka hosted a reception joined by the Ikebana International Houston Chapter, which included an Ikebana demonstration and a Japanese culture exhibit. Around 70 guests including members of Japanese culture related organizations and the Consular Ladies groups.
In his remarks, Consul-General Takaoka described the cultural diversity in Texas and spoke of how much Japanese culture is appreciated. Also, he mentioned the Japanese spirit expressed in a flower arrangement and Hina Matsuri dolls. Then Ms. Barbara Crowe, the President of Ikebana International, who gave an elaborate explanation of Ikebana as an art and reported the Ikebana International Houston Chapter’s activities.
Surrounded by enthusiastic guests, Ms. Nanako Tingleaf, a master of Ikenobo style, gave an ikebana demonstration in various ways. Towards the end of the lecture, 10 guests were picked and collaborated to create a large ikebana arrangement spanning two bowls.
After the demonstration, the guests experienced early spring through Japanese Hina-matsuri (Doll festival) with traditional festival related food and enjoyed different styles of Ikebana arrangements created by members that were on display all over the house. Also, Mrs. Lillian Bonner’s collection of very rare Japanese Ichimatsu doll and antique kokeshi dolls, which she has been collecting for over 50 years, added to the traditional atmosphere.







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