Wednesday, 24 April 2019


As is usually the case at this time of year, the meeting on the 9th April had the theme of a seasonal ikebana arrangement made in a basket. The demonstrator at the meeting was Aiko Nakada, the head of the Ohara School of Ikebana in Melbourne.

In this photo Mrs Nakada had just completed the arrangement and was explaining some of the particular details of the arrangement from the perspective of the Ohara School.

Here is her completed arrangement. The tall rectangular basket has a fine close-weave and the corners are reinforced by more sturdy bamboo strips which are also used for the handle.

The meeting was a significant one for all of the Melbourne members of the Ohara School in particular. Mrs Nakada will return to Japan in June having lived in Melbourne for the last 18 years. She has taught ikebana in this city for over 14 years and, as a committed member of Ikebana International, has contributed significantly to the Melbourne Chapter. She was presented with farewell gifts from the the Melbourne Chapter of Ikebana International among whom she counts many friends made over those years.

Senior members of the Ohara School, Melbourne Branch, left to right: Lyn Wong, Aiko Nakada, Judy Hajdu, Felicia Huang, Josephine Tan. Lyn Wong will assume the role as the next Head of School for the Ohara Branch in Melbourne. 

Below are photos of the arrangements made by members of the Chapter at the meeting.

Lyn Wong, Ohara School

Beverley Webster, Sogetsu School

Christopher James, Sogetsu School

Emily Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School

Felicia Huang, Ohara School

Josephine Tan, Ohara School

Judy Hajdu, Ohara School

Elizabeth Angell, Sogetsu School

Marcia Lamrock, Sogetsu School

Margaret Leung, Sogetsu School

Nicole MacDonald, Sogetsu School

Pat Hetrel, Sogetsu School

Bill Williams, Ikenobo School

Eugenia Chudacek , Sogetsu School

Lee Johnstone, Sogetsu School

Lara Telford, Sogetsu School

Rachael Lok, Shogetsudo Koryu School

Sally Wilkinson, Ohara School

Trish Ward, Sogetsu School.

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