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 them, I can still recollect my childhood.
I made this arrangement in thanks for rice fields while they are resting. I’m trying to call up an image of a local landscape in old times and show that spring is just around the corner and trees are already preparing themselves for it.”
＜Container＞ a bamboo basket, bamboos, a harrow, an old cherry tree, and a hammer
＜Materials＞ wintersweet, red Japanese apricot trees, camellia sasanqua, loquat, camellia, pine, narcissus, willow, Chinese lemons, etc.