Ikebana Schools
Ichiyo
Ichiyo
Ikenobo
Ikenobo
Ohara
Ohara
Saga Goryu
Saga Goryu
Sogetsu
Sogetsu
Wafu-kai
Wafu Kai
   

SAN DIEGO CHAPTER OF IKEBANA INTERNATIONAL

SUMMARY

Since its establishment in 1968, the San Diego Chapter of Ikebana International has created interest in ikebana in San Diego, participated in activities in Balboa Park and different community events, represented different schools of ikebana, and provided educational and cultural opportunities for its members.

ACTIVITIES IN BALBOA PARK

The chapter has been a visible and integral presence in the art scene of Balboa Park. For example:

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

The chapter, individual schools, and members have actively participated in community events ranging from lessons for school children to presentations at garden clubs and the Del Mar Fair to assistance in times of natural disaster. For example:

CHAPTER ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

Ikebana

From its beginning, many schools of ikebana have been part of the San Diego chapter. The master teachers of these schools have provided workshops and demonstrations to educate chapter members about the practice of ikebana by the different schools. These schools include Kofu, Ohara, Shogyoku, Shogetsudo Koryu, Ichiyo, Shigisan Shinka-Ryu, Chiko, Sogetsu, Ikenobo, Saga Goryu, Wafu Kai, and Enshu.

In addition to workshops and demonstrations by local teachers, the chapter has sponsored demonstrations by headmasters and grandmasters from the Ikenobo, Kofu, Enshu, Ichiyo, Chiko, Ohara, Sogetsu, and Saga Goryu schools.

To learn more about ikebana and to contribute to the governance of Ikebana International, delegates have been sent to regional conferences and world conventions, and the chapter managed the 11th North American Regional Conference in 1988.

Other Chapter Activities

As members participated in ikebana-related activities, they have also learned about other arts related to Japanese culture, including the tea ceremony (Omote Senke and Ura Senke), silk painting, kimono dressing, koto music (Sawai Koto School), and sumi-e brush painting. Chapter members have enjoyed Japanese cooking lessons; attended holiday parties, and listened to the Salvation Army Children’s Choir. They have gone on bus trips and attended martial arts demonstrations. They have learned about pottery and fabrics; kabuki costumes; bonsai and Bankei; silk painting and origami; and folk dances and wood block prints. They have been taught how to wrap gifts and how to preserve weathered wood.

Members have listened to presentations from the San Diego Zoo’s Animal and Training Care program, the San Diego Water Department on drought tolerant plants and San Diego’s Pure Water Project, Armstrong Nursery on xeriscape landscaping, and the Japanese Friendship Garden’s future expansion plans.

THE CHAPTER’S FUTURE

Under the guidance of successive boards and many volunteers, the chapter has prospered. The shared knowledge and abilities of the many teachers of ikebana and related arts have helped chapter members grow, flourish, and mature. The future of the chapter is unlimited, as it looks forward to new opportunities in sharing the art and friendship of ikebana.

 

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