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I started learning Ikebana since when I was ten, and studied graphic design after high school. My design background is what makes my approach to Ikebana particularly distinctive. I studied in Kyoto for three years, and received a diploma of Ikebana teaching. I've been teaching ever since, for decades, and I still enjoy it very much.
I was born in Fukuoka, and spent the first half of my life in Japan, but came to Australia in the 90s to indulge in Australia's ocean lifestyle. The sea continuously inspires me, and I've developed a passion for surf art. I paint on canvases, as well as seashore gems like sea glass and driftwood. The unique style of my surf art is shaped by my knowledge of Ikebana.
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Moribana is one of the classic expressions of Ikebana. Its literal transalation is 'piled up flowers'
It was introduced in the late 19th century, and heralded a Western influence on Japanese flower arranging. It typically is placed in a Kenzan, and may feature horizontal spreading of flora, in contrast to earlier styles which emphasised vertical lines.
Nageire on the other hand focuses on spontaneous arrangements, which are less bound to the classical 'rules' around shape and colour. A common expression of this style is a tall skinny container, from which springs an upright stem.
Jiyuka is even freer, where the artist express any creative idea. Artificial materials and unusual containers are sometimes used to create unexpected and inspiring floral arrangements.
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