Sogetsu Demonstration by Master Yoka Hosono
Location: NewBridge on the Charles, 5000 Great Meadow Rd, Dedham, MA 02026
Date: October 17, 2014
Yoka Hosono, Master Instructor from Sogetsu HQ, Japan
Joint program with Sogetsu Massachusetts Branch

What do pomegranates, rose hips and a gourd have in common? All were used by award winning Sogetsu Master Instructor Yoka Hosono during her creative Ikebana demonstration to convey nature’s beautiful autumnal display in the Boston area.

Co-sponsored by Sogetsu Massachusetts Branch and II Boston Chapter #17, it was an energizing beginning to the upcoming year. Ms. Hosono has extensive experience in Ikebana. Sofu Teshigahara, the founder and first headmaster of the Sogetsu School, presented her a Model Teaching Award in 1972 and she became a master teacher for the International Class at Headquarters in 1992. She has traveled the world giving demonstrations, workshops and exhibitions. We were fortunate to have her travel to Massachusetts.

Ms. Hosono delights in creating new shapes and inventing her own lines, encouraging others to do the same. She made eight arrangements, with some of them briefly described as follows: an unusual combination of large pieces of cactus wood, pomegranates and rose hips; the line of pampas grass was emphasized by untangling and smoothing the leaves; a hollowed out log was balanced on an iron container with a gourd inserted in a niche of the log and white mitsumata and a white vase provided a background for masses of multi-colored gerbera daisies, showing the principles of line, color and mass. The container also inspires her designs, for example, a blue glass vase she considered so lovely that only one flower and one leaf were used.

A large floor arrangement featuring twisted wisteria branches and a carved log were asymmetrically balanced by glorious fall-colored material, offset with tropical heliconia. It was a fitting finale! Attendees couldn’t help but leave with an urge to try their own creative arrangements after the enthusiastic program presented by Yoka Hosono.

We were pleased to have Mr. Tsutomu Himeno, the Consul General of Japan in Boston, attend this meeting as our guest of honor.

The following day, workshop attendees used the opportunity to try their own creative arrangements as Master Hosono conducted an all day workshop: one, “With Leaves Only” and the other, “Disassembling and Rearranging the Materials”.