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Japanese professor instructs Vietnamese in flower arranging

Japanese professor instructs Vietnamese in flower arranging

Sunday, May 14, 2023, 15:53 GMT+7
Japanese professor instructs Vietnamese in flower arranging
An Ikebana work by Professor Ishiwata. Photo: Huu Long / Tuoi Tre

Fifty flower arrangements, under Japanese professor Ishiwata’s instructions, are on display at an Ikebana exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City.

The Vietnam - Japan Friendship Association of Ho Chi Minh City joined hands with the Ikenobo Vietnam Center Study Group to launch the second Ho Chi Minh City Ikebana exhibition on Saturday.

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement.

A flower arrangement under Japanese professor Ishiwata’s instructions on display at the second Ho Chi Minh City Ikebana exhibition. Photo: Huu Long / Tuoi Tre

A flower arrangement under Japanese professor Ishiwata’s instructions on display at the second Ho Chi Minh City Ikebana exhibition. Photo: Huu Long / Tuoi Tre

The event, set to wrap up on Sunday at Rex Hotel Saigon in District 1, is part of a series of activities to mark the 50th anniversary of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties (1973-2023).

The fifty Ikebana works being showcased at the exhibition represent 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

With various flowers such as roses, gerbera daisies, red carnations, lotus flowers and orchids, Professor Ishiwata from Japan’s Ikenobo College and 25 members of the Ikenobo Vietnam Center Study Group created the meaningful and eye-catching flower arrangements.

These Ikebana works with different styles highlight the beauty of nature and the characteristics of modern life.

With the traditional Japanese art of floral arrangement, flowers not only boast their beauty, but they also reflect the growth of roots, leaves and branches, said Prof. Ishiwata.

Nguyen Thanh Tu, head of the Ikenobo Vietnam Center Study Group and one of the Ikebana practitioners, said that flower arranging helped her learn how to harmonize and connect different flowers.

The art helps connect Vietnamese and Japanese Ikebana lovers, she added.

Ono Masuo, Japanese Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, expected the city’s residents to grasp deeper knowledge about the Japanese culture via traditional Ikebana works.

Prof. Ishiwata, who graduated in lacquer painting from the Tokyo University of Arts, started taking up Ikebana in 1987.

Apart from giving lessons on the art, he often showcases his Ikebana works at exhibitions as a member of the Japan Ikebana Art Association.

(L-R) Nguyen Phuoc Loc, chairman of the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Association in Ho Chi Minh City, Nguyen Thanh Tu, head of the Ikenobo Vietnam Center Study Group and Ono Masuo, Consul-General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City attend the second Ho Chi Minh City Ikebana exhibition. Photo: Huu Long / Tuoi Tre

From left: Nguyen Phuoc Loc, chairman of the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Association in Ho Chi Minh City, Nguyen Thanh Tu, head of the Ikenobo Vietnam Center Study Group, and Ono Masuo, Consul General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City, attend the second Ho Chi Minh City Ikebana exhibition. Photo: Huu Long / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Manh Hung, former principal of Hong Bang International University in Ho Chi Minh City takes a photo of flower arrangements at the second Ho Chi Minh City Ikebana exhibition. Photo: Hoai Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Manh Hung, former president of Hong Bang International University in Ho Chi Minh City, takes a photo of flower arrangements at the second Ho Chi Minh City Ikebana exhibition. Photo: Hoai Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A flower arrangement on display at the second Ho Chi Minh City Ikebana exhibition. Photo: Hoai Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A flower arrangement on display at the second Ho Chi Minh City Ikebana exhibition. Photo: Hoai Phuong / Tuoi Tre

An Ikebana work is showcased at the second Ho Chi Minh City Ikebana exhibition. Photo: Huu Long / Tuoi Tre

An Ikebana work is showcased at the second Ho Chi Minh City Ikebana exhibition. Photo: Huu Long / Tuoi Tre

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