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The Magical World of Sogetsu

(HawaiiNewsNow) - The Sogetsu School of Ikebana, Hawaii Chapter will be presenting an exhibit entitled the Magical World of Sogetsu. This free exhibit is the 4th biennial exhibit of the Hawaii Chapter. This year the exhibit will focus on the magic of flowers and its spirit. There will be seven large group arrangements in the main hall, one large wall arrangement at the entrance, one large bamboo installation on the front lawn, and six individual arrangements in the mezzanine.

When: Friday, June 8, 2012 - noon to 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 9 & Sunday, June 10 - 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Linekona Art Center - 1111 Victoria St. (Diagonally across from the Honolulu Museum of Art)

Parking available next to the building. Enter from Young Street.

Ikebana is often called the "Japanese art of flower arranging", but is much more than simply putting flowers in a vase. It is a truly creative expression using all plant materials, not just flowers. For example, withered leaves, seed pods, branches, etc. are valued as highly as flowers in full bloom. Ikebana is born from the encounter of nature and humans; it is the coming together of nature and human life...a clear example of the harmony between man and nature.

Just as musicians express themselves through the language of music, Ikebana artists use the language of flowers and plants.

While there are many different Schools or Styles of Ikebana, Sogetsu is one of the more modern Schools. It was founded in Japan in 1927 based on the philosophy that ikebana should be both enjoyable and creative and not bound by the rules of classical styles and copying patterns.

Characteristics that distinguish ikebana from "western flower arrangement" are asymmetrical form, the use of empty space as an essential feature of the composition, and a sense of harmony among the materials, the container and the setting.

The truth about the origin of Ikebana is unknown. But it is thought to have come to Japan as part of Buddhist practice. Others say that from pre-Buddhist times, Japanese used evergreen trees and flowers to invoke nature gods and claim that this practice is at the heart of secular ikebana.

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