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

“Imoni Kai (autumn gathering with a hot pot of taro)”

“Imoni Kai (autumn gathering with a hot pot of taro)”

“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 today is “Imoni-kai” which is a local autumn gathering with a hot pot of taro. The container is a large steel pot, and the materials are taro, spring onions and all other casual materials for the hot taro pot. We also added autumn flowers and plants to highlight the season. It’s also a good idea to have the ikebana outside if the weather is good, as the materials will look fresher under the sunlight. In that case, however, please make sure to do mizuage (a method to encourage water absorption) completely. ”

<Containers>  steel pot

<Materials>  taro, spring onions, Japanese radishes, carrots, akebia, bittersweet

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