Category Archives: Noh no Ikebana

【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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【News】Our Noh no Ikebana:“I want to express how the life spring from the soil,” says Harue Morita from Hachioji, Tokyo (Jun 2, 2017)

“I decorate the entrance with a Noh no Ikebana arrangement to welcome my guests. Until 1999, my family used to run a dairy farm, so I often use milkers as my containers. My favorite materials are burdocks, carrots, Chinese cabbages and other vegetables that I grow for my family. I’ve been doing Noh no Ikebana for about 20 years. Whenever I find vegetables in unique shapes, I get excited and start thinking how I can use them in my arrangements. My husband also gives me an idea when he finds vegetables in funny shapes. That way, I want to respect individual characters of each piece of the vegetables. For this … Continue reading

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【News】Our Noh no Ikebana:“Even roots have a role to play,” says Fukuko Kako from Obu city, Aichi Prefecture (May 5, 2017)

Fukuko Kako, 68, from Obu city, Aichi Prefecture, talks about how she enjoys Noh no Ikebana. “I use fruits and vegetables that I grow and the most interesting part of Noh no Ikebana for me is that I can make unique arrangements. Moreover, I can do this without spending any on materials. The happiest moment comes when I watch someone get excited to see things which are not familiar to nonfarmers. They often get excited to see purple spring onions and blueberry flowers and say happily, “Oh, I’ve never seen this before!” I once received a letter from a person from Kyoto, which tells that she was “so moved” to … Continue reading

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【News】Our Noh no Ikebana: “Use whole vegetable for dynamic expression” says Takako Hashimoto from Koriyama city, Fukushima Prefecture(Apr. 7, 2017)

Takako Hashimoto, a 62-year-old Noh no Ikebana artist from Koriyama city, Fukushima Prefecture, talks about how thoroughly she enjoys Noh no Ikebana. “I use whole vegetables from stems to leaves to make my arrangements lively and energetic. Take sweet potatoes for example. By using leaves and vines which are turning yellow, I can describe how they grow in the field.” “I also enjoy working with friends. This is the arrangement for the general meeting of the female group of an agricultural cooperative of Sakura Koriyama region in Fukushima Prefecture (JA Fukushima Sakura Koriyama Region) and I made it with the members of the female group. The main character is a … Continue reading

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