As a program of Hiroshima I-House's annual festival, I was honored to hold a workshop. Participants are from China, Finland, the US, and Japan :) I hope they could feel an autmn life from making a composition.
Including my usual students and friend's guests, 7 people participated.
I made a presentation about teaching Ikebana in Hungary. There were 50 participants and after my presentation, I was itroduced that I hold a lesson for foreiners here in Hiroshima as well and Ikebana compositions for the party were displayed by my students.
During my presentation, I focused on followings; My purpose of this activity is to introduce Japan's heart, and I learnt a lot from my students' personality and making myself move let people help me naturally, that I should never forget to appreciate, and I will do my best at each time.
After the open lesson, I made a usual presentation about Japanese love towards Cherry blossoms and ikebana demonstration.
I made rolled sushi as usual for Hanami picnic and they loved it :)
Being far from Japan, we thought of there under cherry tress, who is reeling from the disaster. We send you a positive energy and smile!! We love Japan!
Annual event for Hungarians to compete by how skillful their Japanese are. Due to a disaster in Japan a week before, there was a possibility to be canceled, specially ikebana part, due to flowers, but this is to give a hope. The event started with prayers for Japan, and Hungary-Japan friendship asso. asked a donation.
Japanese ambassodor's speech Telling buds of Magnolia are used to let you imagin of blooming
Thanks to my translator, I felt less pressure despite of many official people from Japanse embassy, The Foundation, universities etc. plus, many concerned. I hope my speech deepened their interest in Japanese culture and traditions, as well as encouraging their motivation to learn Japanese for students. Indeed, at the last part, they conclude this event quoting my sentence, "bringing the best aspect to the fore".
To watch the video of my demonstration
As one of party events for company's clients, ikebana workshop was held. They said it was one of most successful events as attendance percentage was 100%(nobody canceled). And this turned out to be a very unique inspiring event with philosophical insight through a process of making an arranegement.
To my surprise, they decided not to bring home flowers but rather happy to leave for Moveone staff to view. I could pass the message-to please flowers, that pleases yourself.
After finished a demonstration, questions, and thank you for watching!
I was invited to the university as one of lecuterers for Karoli students who study Japan. I chose this tpic to talk, as this is what I want to introduce through ikebana.
Unfortunately no photos from this lecture, but I was very honored to be said by Karoli univ. that students found my lecture the most interesting among all which were done by professional teachers.
The biggest Bonsai group in Hungary held an international exhibition of Bonsai and its opening ceremony started with Taiko play and Japanese ambassador's speech. Along with this exhibition, Japanese traditional culture demonstrations were on the program. I made an ikebana demonstration for 1 hour everyday.
SEWS in Hungary held a family day on June 21st in Mor, fitting Japanese cultural programs in this event. I was resposible for Ikebana section.
Inside story: I was offered by a lady at the market to get materials from her garden freely and gave me more than what I chose. So I tried to use all by making them "live". Thank you!