Ikebana enthusiasts presented a Virtual event titled Kamal &Kiku commemorating the birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan. The Chief Guest on the occasion was Honourable Mr. Taga Masayuki, Consul General of Japan Chennai, Guest of Honour wasMs. Chitra Ramachandran, Special Chief Secretary, Education, TS.
Speaking about the event, First Master Ohryu and the Convenor of the event Rekha Reddy said, “‘The theme – Kamal &Kiku – is a celebration of the confluence of cultures of two great nations – India & Japan. Lotus is our National Flower represents a metaphor of spiritual detachment and Chrysanthemum is the national flower of Japan and the Imperial Emblem, the origin of which dates back to 1180 -1239. The practice of Ikebana leads us closer to nature. This sublime art form has a connection to India as the Buddhist monks were the first to practice it, and Buddhism originated in India spreading to Japan.”
The event is to bring cultural understanding between the two countries and the evening also showcases the works of 61 Ikebana enthusiasts from Hyderabad. They have used Indian containers to do Japanese style flower arrangements. Flowers used in them are chrysanthemums, lotus and other flowers.
Two short videos -one on the Japan Emperor and one on Landscapes in a tray will also be shown, followed by an Ikebana demonstration by Ohryu Rekha Reddy.
The programme is supported by the Consulate General of Japan in Chennai.
Ikebana which means “arranging flowers” or “making flowers alive” is the Japanese art of flower arrangement also known as Kadō (“way of flowers”). The tradition dates back to Heian period, when floral offerings were made at altars. Later, flower arrangements were instead used to adorn the tokonoma (alcove) of a traditional Japanese home. Ikebana reached its first zenith in the 16th century under the influence of Buddhist tea masters and has grown over the centuries, with numerous distinct schools extant today.
Ikebana is counted as one of the three classical Japanese arts of refinement, along with kōdō for incense appreciation and chadō for tea and the tea ceremony.