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“Trebian!” Noh no Ikebana exhibition held at French Embassy to share great harmony between mind and agricultural culture of Japan

TOKYO, Nov. 10 – Noh no Ikebana arrangements that use rice stalks and toumi (a traditional winnowing machine) were displayed at French Embassy in Japan. The Japan Agricultural News held an exhibition and an open class of Noh no Ikebana at the embassy in Minato ward, Tokyo, as one of the events to commemorate its 90th anniversary. A group of 20 members of the Noh no Ikebana Club in Tokyo exhibited their arrangements. One of the visitors to the exhibition said, “This is so impressive! I’m so much moved by the great harmony between the mind of Japan and its agricultural culture.” The open class was joined by ten embassy … Continue reading

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【Series】 Our Noh no Ikebana : “Wildflowers are good to express satoyama landscapes” says Teruko Hoshino from Akita city, Akita Prefecture (Nov. 3)

“My first encounter with Noh no Ikebana was an open class held regularly by Midori net–Akita, an Akita-based association that support local agricultural infrastructure development. The idea of making something artistic out of agricultural products moved me so much that I decided to joint the team and help it organize the open classes and promotional activities. Akita has an active agricultural industry, but not many of Akita people living in urban areas are interested in agriculture. Then, how can I make more people interested in agriculture? I have been thinking about it for a long time. So Noh no Ikebana is the best tool for communicating the charm of agriculture … Continue reading

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【Series】 Our Noh no Ikebana : “We enjoy dynamic arrangments under clear autumn sky” says Miyoko Sasaki from Nishiwaga town, Iwate Prefecture (Oct. 6)

“It’s been over 20 years since I began Noh no Ikebana in one of the activities of our local agricultural cooperative. I was so impressed by the works of the senior members that I launched a Noh no Ikebana Group with my local friends. We exhibit our Ikebana, for example, at local agricultural fairs as well as parties for seniors. We also place our ikebana works at a farmers’ restaurant run by the group. First thing we do is to set the central theme, in many cases considering seasonal events and dishes. We always try to make it dynamic while using tools and materials as simple as possible. The theme … Continue reading

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【Series】 Our Noh no Ikebana:“I use ripe agricultural products to express joys in late summer,” says Tokiko Shimizu from Ibaraki city, Ibaraki Prefecture (Sep. 1)

Tokiko Shimizu, 75, from Ibaraki city, Ibaraki Prefecture, talked about the fun of Noh no Ikebana. “Overgrown vegetables are often thrown away, but with Noh no Ikebana, they can be excellent materials. I sometimes remove the leaves or hold them upside down to think about how I can arrange them. I enjoy doing so very much. I usually make my arrangement with seasonal agricultural products and flowers from my farmland and garden and put it in the entrance hall. As containers, I often chose thing like a wooden well bucket. They often catch the attention of my visitors and give us a fun topic to talk about. Some people said … Continue reading

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【Series】 Our Noh no Ikebana: Eiko Kotaka from Hadano City, Kanagawa Prefecture(July 7)

Today, let’s hear from Eiko Kotaka, 75, from Hadano City, Kanagawa Prefecture, about how she enjoys Noh no Ikebana. “I began Noh no Ikebana two years ago. I like making an arrangement at the beginning of a season, featuring seasonal vegetables and flowers. I use something like a two-legged daikon radish and loquats on a branch and with leaves to make my arrangements look as natural and lively as possible. With this arrangement, I wanted to reproduce a scene in the good old days when we hand spun cotton. This is like a long, complex story of cotton-making that stars from harvesting cotton and ends in spinning a thread. I … Continue reading

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