In this lesson we will study three betsuden (special teachings or variation) of shoka known as Jodan, Chudan and Gedan Nagashi as well as hone our skills in creating a nejime (the flowers of the tai area in a nishuike shoka).
Examples of these three types of Shokas are depicted below. These three arrangements were created by Stephanie English.
- Type A container with an opening large enough for a 3″ diameter kenzan or larger. Kenzan with an ashi (stem) is preferred. Please no bronzes this time. A Shin or Gyo style vase will be best. Not So styles. See Invitation to Ikenobo Shoka Shofutai I for page 4 for details.
- 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.
- Line material and all flowers will be provided 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.
- By now you should know the three basic yakueda in a shoka, their placement (sashiguchi) in the kenzan, their proportions and the difference between a hongatte an gyakugatte arrangement. Not sure? Read Invitation to Ikenobo Shoka Shofutai I book and review the glossary that is on this website on the Resources & Links page.
- You can review info on the three betsudens in Invitation to Ikenobo Shoka Shofutai II pages 33-34 or click here for a PDF file of those pages.
- Read Invitation to Ikenobo Shoka Shofutai I page 28-29 to familiarize yourself with a nejime in Shoka Shofutai Nishuike.
We arrive at 9:30AM 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!