Ikenobo Ikebana Demonstration by Prof. Hirotaka Furukawa
Location: Espousal Center, 554 Lexington St, Waltham, MA 02452
Date: April 13, 2011
The April general meeting was opened with a moment of silence dedicated to the victims of the 2011 Tohoku-Pacific Ocean earthquake/tsunami.

The program was an Ikenobo demonstration by Professor Hirotaka Furukawa. The professor has his own classroom where he teaches Ikenobo Ikebana and is an Ikebana instructor at the Ikenobo College in Kyoto. It was an honor to have had him selected by the Ikenobo headquarters to be a special visiting professor.

He began by emphasizing the importance of understanding the flowers and memorizing their names as an essential in flower arranging. The professor then made ten beautiful arrangements, ranging from Rikka (the oldest style) to the very newest, as well as free styles. He noted the need for unity and unused space to express the beauty of the flowers. Before completing an arrangement, he suggested that we look at it by starting at the bottom, go up, then back down again. Next year the Ikenobo diety will be in its 550th year. In honor of this event, Professor Furukawa made a long arrangement, using arches of wire to represent the road of history, continuing unto the future. Perhaps we too, should be thinking of our own history in Ikebana and where we will go with our flower arranging in the years to come.