Rikka Shimputai is a more modern form of Rikka that was created in 1999 by headmaster, Sen’ei Ikenobo. Rikka Shimputai has fewer rules and less wiring than Rikka Shofutai!
Taking our Jan. 30 lesson on a basic Rikka or the Jan. 23 Level II lesson on Rikka Shofutai will greatly help you with this lesson. A basic understanding of Rikka Shofutai is very important to your understanding of Rikka Shimputai.
- Type A container with an opening large enough for a 3″ diameter kenzan or larger. Kenzan with an ashi (stem) is preferred. A more modern looking container is suitable. Please no bronzes. If you purchased the special new black Rikka container, feel free to bring it to this lesson.
- 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.
- Bring a variety of line material of your own choosing. Think about bringing contrasting material such as, thick and thin, delicate and strong, light and dark. Please bring enough to share with others. Different shapes, colors and textures are important in Rikka Shimputai.
- Bring your wire and tape. Supplies of wire and tape will also be available for sale at the lesson. Wire cutters, pliers or pinchers are required equipment needed for this lesson.
- Check the Resources page of this website for a list of what to bring to class
- All floral material will be provided.
- Any Rikka Shimputai books or notes you might have
- About the basic yakueda of a Rikka Shofutai in the new Rikka Curriculum book or any Invitation to Ikenobo books, especially Beginning Rikka and Rikka I.
We arrive at 9AM and set up for class and make any necessary ginza purchases. The lesson begins at 9:30 and you are generally on your way home by 2PM and have probably enjoyed your own bag lunch with us!