Sogetsu Demonstration by Master Kumiko Kato
Location: Newbridge on the Charles, 5000 Great Meadow Rd., Dedham, MA 02026
Date: April 8, 2016
Kumiko Kato, Master Instructor from Sogetsu HQ, Tokyo, Japan
Joint program with Sogetsu Massachusetts Branch

Dynamic is the word to describe our recent Ikebana demonstration co-sponsored by Sogetsu Massachusetts Branch and Ikebana International Boston Chapter #17 on April 8, 2016. Ms. Kumiko Kato who is a first grade teacher Riji and master of the Sogetsu School, enthralled members and guests with her use of both unusual and common materials to add movement and excitement to her arrangements. Ms. Kato has an impressive background, having received numerous awards and is a trustee of the Sogetsu Foundation, a member of the Japan and Ikebana Art Society as well as Ikebana International.

Master Kato created eleven outstanding, beautiful contemporary arrangements and one large floor arrangement with the full bloom of Spring. Her use of what she called the “origami” method of bending and folding the branches to fit in the container, with the flower and branch stems crossing, was an effective way of eliminating the need for fixtures. Her choice of atypical materials included bleached Lilac root, Palm husks, Cecropia and bleached Palmetto. This very modern approach culminated with a large avant-garde black metal container arranged with double Cherry blossoms, Blueberry branches, Orchids, Delphiniums, Eucalyptus and Regal white lilies. A true harbinger of Spring and inspiration for all attendees.

We were pleased to have Mrs. Tsutomu Himeno, wife of the Consul General of Japan in Boston, attend this meeting as our guest of honor. We also welcomed Sogetsu members from Ottawa and Toronto Canada and from NY, Hawaii, Florida and NJ.

The following day, workshop attendees used the opportunity to try their own creative arrangements as Master Kato conducted two workshops: one, “With Leaves Only” and the other, “Expression of Movement”.