Level I – Jan. 15 – Rikka Shofutai

In this lesson we will hone our skills at learning the basic structure and function of the nine yakueda of a Rikka Shofutai as well as improve on our wiring of materials to make these beautiful designs. However, we will be working only with grass or kusamono materials.

In Ikenobo there are three types of materials:

  1. Kimono – Woody tree, shrub or bush materials
  2. Kusamono – Grasses and flowers with soft stalks; e.g. no woody parts
  3. Tsuymono – Materials having qualities of both grasses and trees such as bamboo and fern.

Please bring:

  1. Type A container with opening large enough for a 3″ diameter kenzan or larger. Kenzan with an ashi (stem) is preferred. You may also bring the new black Rikka container especially designed for Rikka Shofutai arrangements.  Bronze containers are also suitable.
  2. 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.
  3. Wire, tape, wire cutters, pliers, pinchers etc. are required equipment for this class.   Wire and tape will also be available for sale at the lesson.
  4. Most of you are bringing quantities of the materials needed for this class and thanks! If you want your design to be different, you are welcome to bring any grassy material you wish.  We are providing – Firecracker, Areca palm, Foxtail fern, Xanadu, and common fern as well as flowers.  You are welcome to bring any other type of grass material (that’s most anything that is not woody) to class such as shell or plain ginger, bird of paradise leaves, podicarpus, bamboo, palmetto, ti leaves, croton, oleander or bull rush.
  5. Check the Resources page of this website for a list of what to bring to class

Recommended Reading

You might want to read the following Kado lesson/essays as background for this class.  All are on this page.

  • 2019 April, May, June, July and September Rikka Shofutai
  • 2019 February Shoka Shofutai

Special note for those new to Rikka:

It would be helpful if you study and became familiar with the nine basic yakueda (main lines or positions) of Rikka and their sashiguchi (placement in the kenzan) and de’s (bending point).  Most of this information is available in Invitation to Ikenobo Beginning Rikka and/or Rikka I books or the new Rikka Curriculum book on pages 10-13.

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!