Level I – Dec. 12 – The right and left of Shoka

As you know, the position of the sun is very important in shoka arrangements.  To better understand the importance of this principle in Shoka we will make two arrangements – one right hand (hongatte) and one left hand arrangement (gyakugatte).  We will also incorporate the principles for Isshuike (one material) and Nishuike (two material) designs into the lesson.  Remember the right (hongatte) and left (gyakugatte) are based upon their placement on the right and left side of Buddha!

  • Please bring:
  • Up to two containers and two kenzans for this lesson OR one container and two kenzans of 3″ in diameter.
  • Type A or B container with opening large enough to take a 3″ diameter kenzan.  Traditional bronze containers are suitable for Isshuike or Nishuike arrangements.
  • Pebbles to raise your kenzan to within 1/2 inch of the top edge of your container. Pebbles must be no larger than your little finger nail.  We will have pebbles available for sale at most Level I lessons for $5.
  • All materials will be provided.
  • Check the Resources page of this website for a list of what to bring to class

Please read:

  • Invitation to Ikenobo – Shoka Shofutai I – pages 1-9
  • Joy of Ikebana Ikenobo – pages 36-76

We arrive at 9:30 AM and set up for class and make any necessary ginza purchases.  The lesson begins at 9:45AM and you are generally on your way home by 2PM and have probably enjoyed your own bag lunch with us!