Our Noh no Ikebana : “Greenery start sparkling after long snowy winter,” says Miyuki Kurotaki, 61, from Minami Uonuma city, Niigata Prefecture (May. 4)

Spring has come

Spring has come

I began Noh no Ikebana five years ago. I love how we can freely enjoy arranging vegetables and flowers in whatever way we like, because in Noh no Ikebana, there are no ryuha (schools) or rules like the ones in traditional flower arrangements. We can apply our sense and feeling that we have from our daily work as farmers, and that’s why we can make such dynamic and lively arrangements.

The title of this arrangement is “Spring has come.” A cabbage shows its face from the surface of the snow after long cold winter. Wild vegetables sprout amid thawing snow. I used them as the motifs to express how the mountains and field are delighted to greet the spring season. To show our happiness, I used a lot of beautiful and colorful materials.

<Containers and tools> Straw matting and several types of traditional bamboo baskets

<Materials> Several types of wild mountain vegetables, walnuts, taro potatoes, Konjac potatoes, a daikon radish, broccoli, carrots, Chinese cabbages, a cabbage, etc.

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