Ikenobo Demonstration by Professor Masayo Takenouchi
Location: Elm Bank, Hunnewell Carriage House 900 Washington St. (Rt.16) Wellesley, MA 02482
Date: October 7, 2015
The demonstration was presented as a joint program from the Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Boston and Ikebana International Boston Chapter. Our well attended program welcomed Professor Masayo Takenouchi from Ikenobo Headquarters in Kyoto. Mr. Tsutomu Himeno, Consul General of Japan in Boston, addressed the audience to express his appreciation for the interest showed for the art of Ikebana.

Professor Takenouchi included our chapter in her extensive three month travel of teaching, demonstrating and touring in many cities and states including Alaska and Hawaii. Six arrangements were created. A large historical rikka, using a matagi kubari, gave the impression of incorporating all of nature in one small space. We also viewed an example of shoka in a bronze usubata and a freestyle arrangement using various shades of white and greens which reflected her memories of the snow glaciers and trees she saw in Alaska. Another shoka theme arranged in a container made by her brother, gave the impression of the last seconds before the start of winter with the sun shining and gently flowing breezes. The final free style arrangement in honor of her mother's 93rd birthday expressed what one feels without using Ikenobo rules or mechanics.