Last month I journeyed to San Antonio to visit Ikebana San Antonio and presented a demonstration talk and workshop. The title was “The Monk, the Samurai, and You”; images that I took during the “dress rehearsal” are within this blog post. I use the term dress rehearsal because before every presentation, I run through the arrangements to see whether what is in my mind will work with the available materials and containers. (You can view other images taken by TJMolina, a professional, on the group’s Facebook post for November 6, 2016: https://www.facebook.com/ikebana.sanantonio.texas/?fref=ts)
In this presentation, I discussed the history of Ikebana beginning with the monks’ floral offerings in the Buddhist temples and the role of ikebana in the life of the Samurai. The demonstration/lecture ended with “You”. Today, Ikebana is about you, and how you interpret the design with whatever materials are available. Going through several centuries of Ikebana, there are only chronological boundaries and dynastic eras, but no real lines of demarcation between one school or another. Hence “fuzion”.
Only the designer’s imagination is a boundary. That designer is You. With You, something old can become new, for the New Year.