Christmas lights are everywhere in Tokyo.
There were no classes at Sogetsu Kaikan last week. The major event was two days seminar ran by Akane sensei and Master Instructors.
The topic was “Sogetsu Textbook 5” for Further Creation. Although any Sogetsu member was welcomed, it was aimed at the teachers. Apparently, after the publication of Textbook 5, a lot of questions were raised and needed clarifications.
Master Instructors: Gaho Isono, Ken Katayama, Kumiko Kato.
I had a special sit on the balcony with translation device. It worked perfectly.
Before the start, we were advised that no photos or videos are allowed during the demonstration. After the demonstration, we can make photos downstairs in the basement hall for a very limited time. We were not allowed to place photos on any Social Medea or our Blogs. We can use it only in our private teaching venues.
So I can’t show you any photos now.
At the first session, Akane sensei addressed issues with the Textbook 5. Then three Master Instructors were making Ikebana simultaneously on three tables along the stage. We could see the projection of their step by step work on the screen. Each of them was explaining their choice of material, technique, and design idea. Each of them made the same topic: 5-13 Glass Containers; 5-24 Using Various Locations, and 5-14 Composing with branches- a Two-step Approach.
Then Master Instructors made a collaborative arrangement on the stage for Christmas Celebration. They were encouraging teachers to find new locations for their medium to large-scale work such as hospitals, nursing homes, schools, offices, etc
At the second part, Akane sensei demonstrated three Free Style arrangements and one large Christmas Installation explaining the choice of materials, ideas of the design and technique used.
It was a display of magnificent work.
I hardly had enough time to photograph before all works were removed from the basement hall.
Day 2 had a similar setting.
Master Instructors: Shinobu Okazaki, Ken Katayama and Sozan Nakamura
Topics: 5-7 Composition Using Unconventional Materials; 5-8 Improving Your Technique “In a Suiban without Kenzan”; 5-6 Japanese Narcissus.
It followed by collaboration Christmas work by the three Masters.
Second part Akane sensei demonstrated three Free Style arrangement and Large-scale work.
Again, I had less than half an hour to photograph all works, juggling the crowds.
The demonstrations were surprisingly relaxed with a lot of laughs and jokes shared by Akane sensei, the Masters and auditoria.
Teachers were asked to fill in feedback leaflets for further questions.