Both Sanshuike and Shimputai shokas use three materials, but the creation of each design is very different. We will focus on recognizing the difference in these two styles but using the same materials for each design.
Below are pictures of both styles. The Sanshuike is on the left and the Shimputai using the same materials is on the right. If you double click any of the images, the will appear in a new screen in a larger format.
- Type A container with an opening large enough for a 3″ diameter kenzan or larger. Kenzan with an ashi (stem) is preferred. Bronzes are not suitable for these contemporary styles. A more modern looking container is ideal!
- 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 2-3 types of materials of 2-3 pieces each to use as the same line material in two different designs. Flowers will be provided. Remember for Sanshuike you have a shin, soe and tai. Flowers are often in tai. For the Shimputai you have shu, yo, and ashirai and any of them can be line material! Good luck!
- Check the Resources page of this website for a list of what to bring to class
- Invitation to Ikenobo Shoka Shofutai I page 34 and Invitation to Ikenobo Shoka Shimputai or the Joy of Ikebana Ikenobo pages 48-69.
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!