[Our Noh no Ikebana] “Let’s celebrate the joy of the new year with colorful, happy display,” says Keiko Sato, 74, from Mamurogawa Town, Yamagata Prefecture

“Ready for Celebration”

“Ready for Celebration”

“I saw the photos of Noh no Ikebana on the Japan Agricultural News and thought I want to do it myself. Then I began in 2012.

I often use vegetable flowers. My favorite ones are flowers of Chinese chives. Looking at the white, small, and cute flowers, many blooming all together, makes me feel happy and calm. I also love the interesting look of their buds, which look like the heads of snakes.

We seldom see vegetable flowers in supermarkets. So, we farmers are lucky to have and enjoy looking at them. When I find good-looking vegetables, plants and flowers, I took them home for my display at home entrance. People coming to my house also like them very much, and some said they want to try.

I made today’s arrangement with Chiyoko Otomo, 66, one of my friends. We combined vegetables and flowers, which are strong even in cold weather in winter, and old tools, which our ancestors used in winter, to express the happiness of celebrating the joy of the new year in this local community.”

<Container and tools> Baskets, a sedge hat, hagoita (rectangular wooden rackets)

<Materials> Sweet potatoes, Japanese radishes, spring onions, kiwi fruits, Chinese chives, chestnuts, Japanese shiitake mushrooms, etc.

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