Level I – Feb. 26 – Three levels of Shoka

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.

Please bring:

  • 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.

Please read:

  • 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!