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2021 Japan Lecture Series – Ikebana: More Than Just Pretty Flowers

Time & Location

April 29, 6pm EDT


The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania will present an online event on ikebana or the Japanese art of flower arrangement. The Japanese art of flower arrangement has its origins in the formal offering arrangements used in the altars of Buddhist temples, but became more prominent in daily life with the development of the architectural feature tokonoma, or alcove.

This event will feature a presentation on the relationship of ikebana to the practice of tea as well as to daily life from the 1600s to today. It will look at how ikebana was part of an expansion of artisan products and landscape design in the last four centuries, and how that has carried through to today’s use of flower arrangements in Japan. The lecture will be followed by a screening of the short film Ikebana by Hiroshi Teshigahara, the filmmaker, artist, and son of the founder of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. The event will conclude with an artist demonstration and Q&A with Sogetsu ikebana instructor Reiko Nakajima.

Visit the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania website to learn more and register.

This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

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