Hiroki Ohara, the headmaster of the Ohara School of Ikebana, held his first solo exhibition at the Nihon Bashi Takashimaya Department Store in Tokyo from March 30 to April 4. According to the Ohara School of Ikebana's home page, over 45,000 people came to the exhibition over the 5 day period. It was a wonderful exhibition full of beautiful flowers, many of which I had never seen before, beautiful containers, beautiful zoukei sculptures, and the perfect lighting to set it all off. A friend and I spent well over an hour looking at everything -- we actually went through twice just to make sure we saw everything thoroughly. I was glad I was able to attend the exhibition and look forward to his next one.
Here are a few pictures from the exhibition that I really liked. (The picture quality is not the best because I took them with my cell phone's camera!)
I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed his show.
|The first thing you saw upon entering the exhibition space.|
|A large Bunjin style arrangement -- it was almost as tall as I was!|
|Another Bunjin style arrangement full of flowers and plants that I had never seen before.|
|A cute arrangement made with single stems of different flowers and plants.|
|A large scale natural landscape -- beautiful!|
|Another view of the large scale natural landscape.|
|I don't know what these are, if they are natural or something that was made by hand. |
They reminded me of something from a Gibli movie.
|More of the "Gibli" piece.|
|My favorite! Drift wood combined with real pine tree branches.|
|It looked so old yet so modern.|
|The stainless steel container made the ancient looking tree formation look new and modern. |
I wish I had something like this in my apartment to look at every day.
|Hanakanade -- a new style conceived by the headmaster.|
|Another example of Hanakanade using an unusual container and unusual materials.|