We are delighted to announce a special Ikebana workshop, the traditional and ancient Japanese art of flower arrangement, by using Hydrangeas, also known as Ajisai. Hydrangeas are said to have originated from Japan, blooming heavily during the rainy season stretching between June and early July.
In Ikebana, certain flowers are considered symbolic when displayed in a seasonal context; Hydrangeas or Ajisai, are traditionally associated with this rainy season. In Japanese culture, hydrangeas symbolize heartfelt emotions, gratitude, and understanding.
A certified Master from Ohara School of Japan will explain and demonstrate the symbolism of Ajisi in Japan and instruct how to emphasize the natural, and graceful beauty of this native flower in Ikebana style.
All participants will be able to create and compose their own Ikebana floral arrangement using the technique and style taught by the instructor.
Flowers used at the workshop will be provided- Japanese Pin (kenzan) will be available for purchase upon request.
About the Instructor
Hosted by Harue Oki; a certified Second Master in Ikebana. She continued a family tradition when beginning Ikebana at the age of fifteen. Ms. Oki completed her education at Japan’s renowned Ohara School of Ikebana. Ms. Oki has worked in many countries, most recently teaching and exhibiting her work in London, Paris and Tokyo. She has recently established a private practice here in Dubai where she teaches non-Japanese speaking students using her trilingual skills in Japanese, English and French. Through teaching Ikebana, Ms. Oki also imparts many aspects of Japanese arts and culture.