Level I Jan. 18 – Shoka Shimputai

Please bring:

  • Type A, B, C, D, F, G, or I container with an opening large enough for a 3″ diameter kenzan or larger.  Bronzes are not suitable for these contemporary styles. This is the lesson to bring your more slender or modern shoka container.
  • We are creating two designs. Consider bringing two different containers or at least a 2nd kenzan for your 2nd design.
  • 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 several pieces of 2-3 types of line materials to use. Note the picture on the left above – challenge yourself!
  • Bring enough to share with others in the class.
  • Pieces should be long enough in length to work for any of the three yakueda (shu, yo or ashirai).  
  • Flowers and some line material will be provided.  
  • Check the Resources page of this website for a list of what to bring to class
  • A lunch or snack.

Please read:

  • Invitation to Ikenobo Shoka Shimputai – entire book
  • More to Learn Shoka – Chapter 8
  • Joy of Ikenobo Ikebana – page 50

We arrive at 11:15 AM, set up for class and make any necessary ginza purchases. The lesson begins at 11: 30 AM and you are generally on your way home by about 3PM. Bring a lunch or snack to enjoy.

There will be a definitive break between the 1st and 2nd arrangements at about 1PM to allow everyone the opportunity to watch the critiques of all the arrangements and everyone the chance to have a snack break.

Please do not take your arrangement apart until all arrangements have been critiqued. If you need to leave before all arrangements have been critiqued, you will not get credit for the lesson. Plan your time accordingly.