[Joy of Noh no Ikebana] Fumiyo Kubo (75) from Hachioji, Tokyo

“Spring is here.”

“Spring is here.”

Height gap can give arrangement depth.

“I began Noh no Ikebana more than 20 years ago.

The best part of Noh no Ikebana for vegetable farmers is how we can create arrangements with vegetables we grow and flowers in the fields. We can’t sell veggies in irregular shapes and sizes, but they look just brilliant in the arrangements.

My friends and I go to many places to host exhibitions and events for beginners, which gave me valuable experiences. I think it’s an ageless hobby, and I want to continue enjoying it for as long as possible.

I made this arrangement “Spring is here” with Setsuko Saito (69), a friend from Noh no Ikebana. It’s an arrangement to show how the things are in spring, so we placed brussels sprouts looking like a blooming flower at the center of the iron pot and arranged yellow adonis ramosa and carrots with light yellow-green shoots around it.

Pussy willow and Japanese apricots in the water basin represent fresh green shoots we find in spring.

We put the vegetables with roots and the dirt in plastic bags to make sure they look great and fresh during the exhibition. You are to hide the plastic bags with other vegetables. We also pay attention to emphasize the height difference.”

<Containers and tools> An iron pot, a water basin, wood chip

<Materials> Brussels sprouts, carrots, adonis ramosa, red Japanese apricots, yellow Japanese apricots, and pussy willow

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