The Melbourne Chapter of Ikebana International was asked again this year to provide two large works for the Hiroshima Peace Day Service at St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne. The service was held on Sunday 6th August and attended by our patrons, Mr Matsunaga, the Consul-General of Japan, and his wife.
The ikebana above was created by Lara Telford and her students, Trish Ward and Beverley Webster. It stood in front of the pulpit.
From this angle it is easier to see the origami cranes hanging from then branches.
Origami cranes have a close association with memorialisation at Hiroshima. Many being made by school children every year and sent to the Children's Memorial at the Hiroshima Peace Park.
The second large arrangement was created by Chieko Yazaki and stood in front of the lectern.
Both of the ikebana arrangements stayed in place for the week following the memorial service.