【News】Noh no IKEBANA: Improving presentation skill                            (4) Combining some containers while using tips to highlight central piece(Feb. 3, 2017)

Wheat treading

Wheat treading

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Mitsuko Komiya, Yamakitamachi, Kanagawa Prefecture

Mitsuko Komiya, Yamakitamachi, Kanagawa Prefecture

For Noh no Ikebana, you are free to use old agricultural implements. It’s also a good idea to combine several implements to highlight a central piece.

My advice to beginners is to combine two agricultural tools. By coupling one large tool and one small tool, you can ensure a good balance in appearance. If you want to highlight the big one, make it tall and wide and make sure that it looks appropriate in size.

Choose big agricultural implements in warm expansive colors to make them look even bigger and more impressive. In that case, choose small implements in primary or dark colors.

I used a large basket and jikatabi traditional work shoes that symbolize wheat treading work.

<Container> Large basket and jikatabi (a pair of split-toes cloth shoes)

<Materials> rape seed flowers and Japanese plum blossoms

<profile>Mitsuko Komiya, 68, began No no Ikebana in around 1980. She runs exhibitions with other No no Ikebana club members in Kanagawa Prefecture and enjoys seasonable arrangements at home.

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