Category Archives: Noh no Ikebana

【Series】 Our Noh no Ikebana : “Spring is just around the corner and trees are preparing themselves for it,” says Teruko Omura, 64, from Fukuyama city, Hiroshima(Feb. 2)

“I began Noh no Ikebana six year ago after reading articles in Japan Agricultural News. I live close to a lot of mountains and fields which are the source of an unlimited number of materials, and I found it very interesting that I can make arrangements using natural materials in natural ways. I do traditional ikebana since I was a junior high school student, but I think Noh no Ikebana is very special in how we can use the materials in any forms ranging from buds to dry pieces to create brisk displays. For containers, I often chose tools that my family used a long time ago. Creating arrangements with … Continue reading

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【Series】 Our Noh no Ikebana : “Let’s celebrate new year with happy decoration,” says Sachie Sano from Nantan city, Kyoto (Jan. 5)

“Usually, I have a large basket in the entrance hall and enjoy arrangements with silver glasses, persimmon branches and other mountain flowers and fruits. I also like crafting and sometimes enjoy making akebia vine wreaths. Most of the people here enjoy the arrangement in the same way, I think. It’s more fun to decorate agricultural products than flowers you bought, isn’t it? The theme of the arrangement today is the new year holidays. I used a pole for Koinobori carp-shaped streamers, and I wrap it with straw matting to make it look like a dog with long ears. It’s the year of the dog in the Chinese astrological calendar, you … Continue reading

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【Series】 Our Noh no Ikebana : “We celebrated shop opening by autumn flowers and vegetables” says Tamiko Katsuge from Hino city, Tokyo(Dec. 1)

I met Noh no Ikebana 12 years ago at one of the gatherings of female farmers in Hino city, Tokyo. The group, Michikusa-kai, invited a lecturer from a Noh no Ikebana club in Tokyo and I was so thrilled to know ordinary items like vegetables and flowers can be combined to make such an artistic presentation. It was also very happy to see my vegetables looking so beautiful in the arrangement. I currently work with 15 other members of a local Noh no Ikebana club, and exhibit arrangements at local events such as annual symposiums on urban farming held by Hino city. Events are where we can enjoy various outputs … Continue reading

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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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