Traditional Cultural Arts in Japan: Chanoyu and Ikebana Hands-On Workshop

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JASGA cultural program in April 2017 presents Japanese traditional arts - Chanoyu (tea ceremory) and Ikebana (flower arranging) hands-on workshop. This hands-on workshop will provide an introduction to Chanoyu (茶の湯), Japanese tea ceremony and ikebana (生け花), the Japanese art of flower arranging.

Date:  Saturday, April 15 2017
            Chanoyu (Tea Ceremony) 12:00-1:30 pm
            Ikebana (Flower Arranging) 2:00-3:30 pm

Place: Greene Room, Zilker Botanical Gardenn Center

Register for the Chanoyu and/or Ikebana Hands-On Workshop.

Limited Seating:  Advance Registration Required (to purchase matcha, sweets, or flowers and prepare the necessary utensils and tools in advance.)

Deadline: Thursday, 4/13/2017 

Hands-on Introduction to Chanoyu (Japanese Tea Ceremony): 12:00-1:30pm 

Japanese Tea ceremony - called chanoyu or chado (茶道') in Japanese - is an art form, a spiritual discipline, a way to socialize, and a window on Japanese culture. Practiced for more than 450 years, this unique way of sharing tea has spread around the world. 

In chanoyu we come together to share "Ichigo ichie"(一期一会), the beauty of the moment that will never occur again.

In this workshop you will learn to whisk a bowl of Japanese powdered green tea called matcha, and to be a guest at a chakai (tea gathering).  You will also explore varieties of matcha green tea, a powdered green tea.

Your instructor, Ms. Mosley will begin with a short introduction to the history and the principles of Chado (The Way of Tea) that embodies the four principles of Harmony, Respect, Purity and Tranquility. She will demonstrate the basic procedure for making tea, and then help you learn how to whisk a bowl of matcha as a host, and receive the sweets and tea correctly as a guest. 

Note: Utensils, matcha tea, and Japanese sweets will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own utensils.

About Linda Mosley
Linda Mosley holds the Urasenke Chanoyu Hikitsugi Instructor Certificate and enjoys sharing her passion for both chanoyu and pottery. She has studied Urasenke Chanoyu with a teacher for a total of 9 years but have practiced chanoyu for about 35 years. She is a studio potter (MFA) who has taught pottery in college and private studios for over 40 years.

Hands-on Ikebana (Japanese Flower Arranging) 101: 2:00-3:30pm

Learn and discover the elegant floral arts of ikebana and step into traditional Japanese aesthetics. Enjoy creating your own floral artwork in a relaxed, friendly environment. 

Ikebana is one of the representative aspects of Japanese traditional culture, and ikebana began with Ikenobo.

The Rokkakudo Temple is said to have been founded by Prince Shotoku about 1400 years ago. Priests who made floral offerings at the Buddhist altar of this temple lived near a pond (the Japanese word "ike"), in a small hut (called "bo"). For this reason people began to call the priests by the name "Ikenobo." Senna Ikenobo, "Master of flower arranging" (mid-16th century), established the philosophy of ikebana, completing a compilation of Ikenobo teachings called "Senno Kuden."

Senno Ikenobo taught, "Not only beautiful flowers but also buds and withered flowers have life, and each has its own beauty. By arranging flowers with reverence, one refines oneself." 

Free style is a relatively modern style with no set form and set rules, literally arranged freely from observing the shapes and textures of plants. A wide range of expression is possible in free style and often appreciated as display for decorating event spaces, stages and show windows. Free style is utilized more and more as new ikebana for decorating with flowers in spaces and situations different from the Tokonoma (Japanese style reception room), where Rikka and Shoka were originally displayed.

Your instructor, Ms. Imai will introduce Free Style as it's a modern style of Ikenobo School and not limited to a set type of flowers or plants that are often required for the other traditional styles. The free style will be a good start for participants who are new to Ikebana and easier for students to find materials if they want to try it on their own later.

Note: The tools for the class (suiban, Ikebana shears, kenzan, etc.) are provided in the class for classroom use only. If the participants have own tools, please bring them to the class.

About Yoshiko Imai
Yoshiko Imai is a Japanese native who moved to Singapore in 1974. She started studying Ikenobo Ikebana since 1991, under Sensei Leonard Lim who studied at the Ikenobo Headquarter, Rokkakudo Temple in Kyoto, Japan. Over the years, Yoshiko was fortunate to have the opportunity to study under several visiting Ikenobo professors from Kyoto. She served as the Vice President of the Ikenobo Ikebana Society's Singapore Chapter since 2005.

In 2008, Yoshiko received the Sokako of Ikenobo Certificate from Headmaster Senei Ikenobo, naming her professor first grade. She taught Ikenobo at the Japanese Association in Singapore for 10 years until she moved to the United States in 2015. While she teaches all Ikenobo styles, her specialty is in Shoka Shimputai.

After living in Singapore for 43 years, Yoshiko moved to Austin, Texas in 2015 to live with her daughter and her family. She has enjoyed Spring in Texas, especially the wild flowers and Blue Bonnet. A different life style from the fast-paced city life.