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The Art of Ikebana: Japanese Floral Arranging Demonstration

Schedule and Location

Sunday, June 9, 2019, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Arbor Room, Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$16.00 member
$20.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course Description

Enjoy a demonstration of ikebana, or Japanese flower arranging, by one of the world’s leading ikebana instructors. In this 90-minute presentation, you will watch visiting artist Ami Kudo, an associate professor at the Ohara School of Ikebana in Tokyo, Japan, arrange beautiful botanical elements into a graceful, balanced display that encapsulates the philosophy of ikebana.

The Japanese have always felt a strong bond of intimacy with their natural surroundings, and even in contemporary concrete-and-asphalt urban complexes, they display a remarkably strong desire to have a bit of nature near them. Ikebana aims not at bringing a finite piece of nature into the house, but rather at suggesting the whole of nature, by creating a link between the indoors and the outdoors. It is a disciplined art form in which the arrangement is a living thing where nature and humanity are brought together. It is steeped in the philosophy of developing a closeness with nature.

As is true of all other arts, ikebana is creative expression within certain rules of construction. Its materials are living branches, leaves, grasses, and blossoms. Its heart is the beauty resulting from color combinations, natural shapes, graceful lines, and the meaning latent in the total form of the arrangement.

See this philosophy in action through Ami Kudo’s artistic design of natural elements at the Arboretum this spring.

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Professor Ami Kudo

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