Today, let’s hear from Eiko Kotaka, 75, from Hadano City, Kanagawa Prefecture, about how she enjoys No no Ikebana.
“I began No 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 placed one reel on its side and put some cotton thread on a spindle to make it look that somebody was there a minute ago. The arrangement may look too plain if everything is in brown or white colors, so I added green fish mint. The use of a traditional cotton towel in dark color is also effective in making white materials look even brighter.”
＜Containers and tools＞ a bamboo basket, a tenugui (traditional Japanese hand towel), reels, a spindle, and a zakuri (traditional Japanese cotton reel winder)
＜Materials＞ fish mint and cotton