Saturday, 13 October 2018

OCTOBER MEETING

Forty members and four guests attended attended the meeting which had the theme, Japanese Day. The guest presenter was Mr. Sato, the Managing Director of the Australian subsidiary of the tea company, Ito En. Mr Sato who gave a Power Point presentation on Chado, the 'Way of Tea' and a demonstration of the preparation of Macha 


His talk encompassed the history of Chado and how the four elements: Wa, - harmony, Kei - respect, Sei - purity and Jaku - tranquility all come into play within the ceremony.


Our co-patron Mrs. Yoko Matsunaga, wife of the Consul General of Japan, was also present and participated in the demonstration as the 'guest' at the tea ceremony. She explained the finer points of accepting the tea as a guest. For example, taking your rings off so as not to damage the beautiful tea bowl. Mr.Sato’s talk was really interesting and every member given a cup of the Matcha to finish.

Members were then treated to an ikebana demonstration by Lyn Wong, Toula Karanikolopoulos, Lee Johnstone and Elizabeth Angell, in which mizuhiki was used. (Unfortunately only three of the photographs were clear enough to be included.)


Lyn Wong.




Lee Johnstone.




Elizabeth Angell.


Below are photos of some of the arrangements made by members on the day.




Beverley Webster




Christopher James




Anne Conrick




Josephine 




Reiko Ito




Rachel




Helen Marriott




Akemi Suzuki




Nicole MacDonald




Emily Karanikolopoulos




Betty Karanikolopoulos




Kim Ng




Eugenia Chudacek




Saturday, 29 September 2018

SEPTEMBER MEETING


At the September meeting our guest speaker was Wayne Crothers, the Senior Curator of Asian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria. Wayne gave an engaging and informative presentation of developments in contemporary arts in Japan. His illustrated lecture was enjoyed by the 33 members who attended the meeting.


A demonstration on the theme of contemporary ikebana was given by Akemi Suzuki who created a sculptural work using 'unconventional materials' only.


Below are works created by some of the members on the theme of 'contemporary Ikebana'.


Philip Keon


Aiko Nakada


Anne Conrick


Betty Karanikolopoulos


Chieko Yazaki


Elizabeth Angell


Felicia Huang


Josephine Tan


Kim Ng


Lee Johnstone


Lyn Wong


Margaret Leung


Rachael Lok


Toula Karanikolopoulos


Monday, 20 August 2018

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING


On Tuesday the Annual General Meeting of Ikebana International Melbourne, Chapter 29 was held at the Toorak Uniting Church Hall. The committee was pleased to welcome two new members, Julie Ireland (a past president of the Chapter) and Chiemi Daly. Our colleague Margaret Wilson retired from the committee and we are most grateful for her valuable contribution to the work of the committee.

At the meeting a demonstration by each school was given. The following four photos are of ikebana arranged by the heads of school in Melbourne.


Naomi Cullen, Ichiyo School


Chieko Yazaki, Shogetsudokoryu School.


Christopher James, Sogetsu School.


Aiko Nakada, Ohara School.


This 'shimuptai' arrangement was by Julie Ayers, representing Yukako Braun head of the Ikenobo School.

The following arrangement were made by members at the meeting.


Elizabeth Angell, Sogetsu School.


Lee Johnstone, Sogetsu School.


Lyn Wong, Ohara School.


Kim Ng, Ohara School.


Beverley Webster, Sogetsu School.


Lara Telford, Sogetsu School.


Marjorie Campkin-Smith, Sogetsu School.


Betty Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School.


Toula Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

HIROSHIMA PEACE DAY at St PAUL'S CATHEDRAL MELBOURNE



The Melbourne Chapter of Ikebana International provided two large works for the Hiroshima Peace Day Service at St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne. The service was held on Sunday 5th August and Trish Ward, I.I.President lit the Hiroshima Peace Candle. Mr Yoshimitsu Kawata, Deputy Consul-General of Japan, and his wife were present and Mr Kawata delivered the Message of Peace. This year marked 74th Anniversary of bombing of Hiroshima where.140,000 people perished. 74 small candles were provided which people were encouraged to light during the service. All speeches contained the same message that we will work towards a future without weapons of mass destruction.

This year the ikebana arrangements were made by members of the Ohara and the Ichiyo Schools 


This large arrangement in front of the pulpit, of blossom branches, chrysanthemum and dancing lady orchid was made by the Ohara members.


The second arrangement, placed in front of the lectern, was created by the Ichiyo members of the Chapter. They have used large monstera leaves and a mixture of Australian native and exotic flowers.


The Deputy Consul-General Mr Kawata and Mrs Kawata.