Ikebana in English 英語でイケバナ

at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand タイ チュラロンコン大学

It is a great pleasure for me to hold an ikebana class at Chulalongkorn university which is one of the best universities in the world.
This was the second time following last year. The date was not perfect for the university this year, however thanks to some people including the professor and Ms. M who I met last year, 20 people could join the class. All of the students this year were the facultiy and graduate students of psychology. Indeed, they are bright!



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I got a present in a pretty box. It was a wonderful pink scarf made of Thai silk. It is beautiful! Thank you!
プレゼントをいただきました。 素敵なピンクのタイシルクのスカーフでした。きれいです。ありがとうございました!


Look, such elegant ladies' way of posing! They might be harmonized with flowers:)
ほら、エレガント女性のポーズの取り方も素敵でしょ。 彼女たちの気持ちは、もう花と一体化しているのじゃないかしら。

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January 25, 2017. The mission in the trip this time was successfully over. Thank you to those who always support me.
2017年1月25日。 かくて、今回の旅行の使命も成功裏に終わりました。いつも助けて下さる皆様、感謝しています。


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Ikebana tour to Thailand 2017

The first school in 2017 in Thailand was at Thai-Nichi Institute of Thechnology.



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I was very glad to see them smile. See their beautiful smiles! Thank you to those who helped me a lot behind.
皆さんの喜ぶお顔が、私も嬉しいです。 この笑顔を御覧ください。.陰で支えて下さった皆様、ありがとうございました。

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The first class in 2017! 2017年初稽古

The first class in 2017 was held in Osaka. Spring is here.

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Arrangements for the Holiday Season

Everybody in the class arranged their own decoration for celerating their holidays at home. For the new year's day, most students chose customary materials such as Pine, Japanese apricot and Sarcandra glabra with red berries.

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For Christmas, there are a wider variety of flowers and styles of the decoration to choose from.

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The last photo in 2016 shows that they manage to find the time to come to the class out of their busy daily life. I found on the table a package of green onion fresh from a market. I don't know who brought it , but it might have been for her dinner that evening.:) We all enjoy making ikebana arrangements while leading busy days.
Last but not least, I wish you the best in 2017!


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Idaho Day!  アイダホ デイ!

The holiday season is a good time for the whole family members to get togather. This is the same throughout the world, I believe. The foreign students in my class, who usually live away from their home countries, are no exception. They share happy time and celebrate the holy day together. For that purpose, some go back to their countries, and some others call back their children to Hiroshima.
ホリデイシーズンは家族全員が集まるいい機会です。これは世界中どこでも同じだと思います。  普段、自国から離れて暮らすイケバナクラスの生徒さんにとっても同様です。ある方は帰国されますし、また、ある方は子供さんたちを広島の家に招かれます。

Ms. R left her parents in Hiroshima last June and went to Idaho where her relatives live to get into the university. She came back to her family in December. You will see her mother and sisters looking very happy.

The youngest sister E made an arrangement in the class. She took the ikebana classes at her school, and she made an arrangement beautifully.
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This family also gathered in Hiroshima. Three sons visited their parents from Idaho. The whole family including Mr. H came to the ikebana class, and they made nice arrangements respectively. Please see also how handsome their sons are.
こちらのご家族も広島で集まり、三人の息子さんたちがアイダホから訪ねてきました。 父親のH氏ともども、皆さんでイケバナクラスにおいでになり、それぞれに、素敵な作品を制作されました。 作品と、ハンサムな息子さんたちのお顔もどうぞ。(^_-)-☆

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She is from Idaho ,too! 彼女もアイダホからいらしています。
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The day turned out to be an Idaho day.
この日は、何だかアイダホ デイみたいになりました。  ポテトのアイダホですよね(^_-)-☆

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Loquat 枇杷


One day in November, a student came into the room with branches of loquat. My class room is on the second floor of a flower shop, and advanced class students choose and buy materials for the day by themselves.
11月のある日、生徒さんが枇杷の枝を抱えてクラスに入ってきました。 私のクラスは花屋さんの2階にあるので、上級クラスの生徒さんは、その日の花材を自分で選んでくるようになっているのです。

I had been fascinated with the scent of loquat flowers on the previous weekend when I had been up on a mountain with my friends. When we walked a path then, early in the morning, the area was filled with sweet and nice fragrance. We looked around and found that it came from loquat flowers. Several loquat trees, each of which had dark green and beautiful leaves and many hairy brown clusters of buds, were there. Thousands of flowers in clusters were just opening together and starting to show white petals respectively. We breathed wonderful fragrance deeply. We were fascinated with the flowers before bees started to gather!
The loquat branches a student brought for her practice reminded me of the sight on that morning, and I put my nose closer to the branches.
その前の週末、友人たちと山登りに行った際、枇杷の素晴らしい香りに魅了されたところでした。 その日の早朝に小道を歩いていると、甘くていい香りが漂ってきました。私たちは辺りを見回して、それが枇杷の花の香だと気付きました。 そこには枇杷の木が数本あり、どの木も深緑の大きな葉と、薄茶色で毛に包まれたような蕾をつけた房が見事でした。 その房の蕾が一斉に咲き出し、白い花弁を見せ始めたところだったのです。 素晴らしい! 私たちは大きく深呼吸しました。  昆虫が引き寄せられる前に、私たちがひきつけられた具合です!   


Seeing the loquat arrangement, another student brought loquat branches from her yard on the followig week. She was very happy to learn that the tree in her yard could be material for ikebana arrangements. Since she has good sense of gardening, I m sure she will use the loquat branches nicely.

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Do you remember the lady on the right?  She was once in the class and now lives in Kanagawa. She visited us on one Thursday. Unfortunately many students were absent that day, but those present had a chance to renew their friendship.
右の女性を覚えていらっしゃいますか。 かつて、クラスにいらしたのですが、今は神奈川にお住まいです。ある木曜日、クラスを訪問してくださいました。生憎、お休みの多い日でしたが、居合わせた方たちは旧交を温めました。




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Lovely people 素敵な方々


Today, I will tell you about how lovely the people in our class are.

One day we were taking a group photo as usual. Everybody made a pose, and I took a shot.

Just then, the door opened and another student entered. 'Oh, just in time! Come in, come in!!' Everybody invited her.
ちょうどそこへ、クラスのドアが開いて別の生徒さんが入ってきました。 「あら、ちょうどいいところよ。 入って、入って」と口々に招きました。

Fine!! One more pose! Eveybody looks happy.
よかったア。 はい、もう一枚。 どなたもが嬉しそうです。

This is just a small thing, and I read everybody's warm heart when I edited the photos. I am proud of these thoughtful people.

They also work hard on their arrangements.


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Well let's see their arrangements.

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Each ikebana arrangement is very well done. I belive an arrangement made by a thoughtful person is stable and graceful.  It was another beautiful class day.  Thank you everybody.
どの作品もよくできていますね。  配慮ある人が作成すると、自然に、安定していて美しい作品になるのだと思います。 また、素敵なクラス日でした。 皆様、ありがとう!

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Still Life 静物

One day in November Ms.U brought to the class many apples in two pretty baskets. She got them from her friend in the Aomori prefecture which is famous for producing beautiful apples. Each apple in the baskets was red and shiny. They were calm and somehow even solemn, which reminded me of oil paintings of 'Still Life' by Paul Cezanne.
11月のある日、Uさんがたくさんのリンゴをかわいい二つのバスケットに入れてお持ちくださいました。 どのリンゴも真っ赤で、光っています。静かで、何故か厳かな空気さえ感じました。 私は、セザンヌの描いた「静物」の油絵を思い出しました。



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The class this day appeared to me to have ended in a graceful and profound atmosphere thanks probably to the association of Paul Cezanne brought about by those apples. Thank you everybody for another nice day..
私にはこの日は、静かに深い空気に包まれた稽古日に思えました。 リンゴと一緒にやってきたセザンヌが醸し出した雰囲気だったのかもしれません。 また素敵な一日なりました。皆様、ありがとうございました。


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Family Day

One class day in October 2016 was like a family day. Two ladies brought their visiting family from the US. One lady visited us from Turkey. Welcome to Hiroshima!   We all had a cheeful and warm lesson day.  Could you tell who they are?
2016年10月のある稽古日は、まるで家族デイのようでした。お二人がアメリカから遊びにみえているご家族をお連れになり、また、トルコ在住の私の友人が覗いてくれました。 賑やかで笑いの絶えないクラス日になりました。 どの方とどの方がご家族かお分かりになりますか?


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Thus we had another memorable Ikebana day.

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Congratulations! おめでとう!

Ms.Y achieved gaining the certificate of assistant instructor. She attends the special study meeting held by the head office of the Ohara school bimonthly, and mostly she gets award for her ikebana arrangement. Congratulations!

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A lady visited Hiroshima and dropped in at the class. She used to live in Hiroshima and now lives in America. I was very glad to see her again. Thank you for the visit!


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