The meeting on Tuesday 10th March was the Melbourne Chapter's 61st birthday. The theme of the meeting was Japanese Day with a focus on the distinctive Japanese garment, the kimono, which is worn by women and men.
Above are the team members who worked hard on creating the presentation displays and activities for the meeting.
L- R ( Back row) Naomi Cullen, Nobuko Kobayashi, Akemi Suzuki, Jenny Loo, Reiko Ito and Midori Nakajima. (Front row) Yukako Braun, Chieko Yazaki and Michiko Hyde.
Examples of formal and informal kimono, for children and adults, women and men were displayed as well as accessories to wear with the kimono.
This white-on-white silk brocade wedding kimono was also displayed and a twenty minute slideshow on the history and styles of kimono was presented by Nobuko Kobayashi.
After the slideshow Chieko Yazaki spoke about the kimonos, Obis and accessories that were displayed in the meeting room.
Jenny Loo was the volunteer model who was dressed by Reiko Ito.
Akemi Suzuki demonstrated the technique of dressing in a kimono without having assistance...
...and she made it look easy.
The Chapter's birthday cake was baked by Marjorie Campkin-Smith (left) and cut by her and President Trish Ward (right).
Here Tomiko is speaking about her ikebana which exuberantly arose from a light-weight vessel that she had swathed in an Obi.
This is Tomiko's completed ikebana.
Below are photos of the ikebana created by members for the meeting.
Lara Telford, Sogetsu School.
Emily, Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School.
Elizabeth Angell, Sogetsu School.
Nicole MacDonald,Sogetsu School.
Margaret Wilson, Sogetsu School.
Marjorie Campkin-Smith, Sogetsu School.
Helen Marriott, Shogetsudo koryu School.
Rachel Lok, Shogetsudo koryu school.
Felicia Huang, Ohara School.
Judy Hajdu, Ohara School.
Sally Wilkinson, Ohara School.
Thea Sartori, Sogetsu School.
Christopher James, Sogetsu School.
Beverley Webster, Sogetsu School.