Overwhelming welcome to Malaysia

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Ikebana International KL Chapter Commitee

The wonderful ladies of the I.I. Kuala Lumpur Chapter Committee

It is impossible to overstate the passion my hosts of Ikebana International Kuala Lumpur Chapter have for Ikebana nor how wonderfully welcoming they they were.

From first meeting and having tea with the Committee of I.I. KL Chapter on arrival, I was made to feel very special. Malays, Japanese, Indian and an Iranian, all living in this wonderful city have built enduring and delightful friendships through flowers.

They had organised everything. A visit to a flower wholesaler to order some of the  materials for both my demonstration and the workshop.  The off to the Japanese Ambassadors’ residence, where the Ambassadors wife, Mrs Miyagawa, invited me to chose any materials I wished from their wonderful garden and any vases from their extensive collection.

The exhibition will had around 60 exhibitors; my demonstration an audience of perhaps two hundred and my workshop 30 to 40.  I am so grateful to have the help of so many people to prepare and my good friend and fellow Ikenobo professor, Sachiyo, who has travelled from Japan to join in the fun.

I have so much more to tell and photos to show so will be getting a post-even page and gallery up soon.



Hana no wa workshop event October 2014


Hana no wa announces their upcoming Ikenobo workshops.

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Hana-no-wa London Ikenobo Study Group, are excited to announce our Ikenobo workshop with a special visiting professor from Ikenobo HQ in Kyoto, Japan.

We have invited a Professor from Ikenobo HQ Japan to give a series of workshops over 3 days in October. This is a fantastic opportunity to further study Ikenobo Ikebana with a most senior Professor, Kanrai Iguchi. He will do workshops for Rikka, Shoka and Free Style, as well as giving several lectures.

Members of other Ikenobo chapters and study groups are welcome to attend one or more of our workshops with the approval of their chapter or study group leader.

Please note that availability is restricted by the size of venues, so advanced booking is essential.


The programme:

17th October (afternoon) – Freestyle

Venue: Knightsbridge, central London.  Nearest tube, Knightsbridge

18th October (all day) – Rikka

19th October in Ruislip (all day) – Shoka

Venue: Ruislip, west London.  Nearest tube, Ruislip and West Ruislip (tube and overground)

For full details of locations, prices and to reserve a place, please contact us.


Surrey Ikenobo Ikebana Group celebrates…

Surrey Ikenobo Flyer

Click to open and download their flyer

Surrey Ikenobo Ikebana is holding another of is fantastic events.

Entitled “Croydon celebrates 553 years’ Journey of Ikenobo Floral Art…”, Hansa Patel and her members’ event will be special.  To be held at The Fairfield Halls, Croydon, there will be a exhibition of members and guests Ikebana arrangements and a demonstration of Ikenobo Ikebana by the Headmaster Designate, Yuki Ikenobo.

Exhibition in the Arnhem Gallery:

Saturday 11th October 2014 from 10:30am to 6pm – admission £4.00

Sunday 12th October 2014 from 10:30 am to 5pm – admission £4.00

Demonstration in the Ashcroft Theatre:

Saturday 11th October 2014 from 2pm – admission £6.00

For advance bookings please contact Pinky Patel on 020 8664 5901 or visit




Junko to join I.I. anniversary celebrations in Malaysia

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Ikebana International KL 50th AnniversaryI am thrilled and honoured to have been invited to join Ikebana International Kuala Lumpur Chapter’s 50th anniversary celebration event in their lovely city.

I.I. Kuala Lumpur Chapter is celebrating its 50 years’ anniversary this year, with an exciting week-long event in Kuala Lumpur from 12th to 14th November 2014. And I have been invited to demonstrate Ikenobo Ikebana and run a workshop for members and honoured guests. The Chapter are planning a massive event, as you can imagine from their earlier pre-celebrations. To see more take a look at – I.I. KL website.

I have often given demonstrations and workshops within UK and exhibited in Japan. But this will be the first time demonstrating Ikebana in Malaysia. I am so looking forward to the event and to meeting up with Paulene, I.I. KL’s President, Datin Paulene Tunku Mu’tamir, whom I have met several times before.  And I shall have the opportunity to see one of my first students, Joo, who now teaches in Malaysia.

Ikebana exhibition in Ruislip June 2014

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Junko and her students, past and present, were delighted to present their 2014 summer exhibition.

Ikenobo Ikebana Hana no Wa London Study Group, formed by my lovely students,held its annual exhibition at Woodford Hall, Ruislip, West London in June 2014. We were delighted to present our beautiful art as you can see from the photos below.

All told, we had nearly 30 Ikebana arrangement exhibits, along with around 10 lovely bonsai from our friends at Middlesex Bonsai Society.

During the two days several of our members gave demonstrations which were very clearly enjoyed by the visitors, including some who came on both days!

We haven’t set the dates fro our 2015 Ikebana exhibition yet, but as soon as we have, we be letting you know.

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Junko arranges Ikebana at the House of Commons

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Junko arranges Ikebana at the House of Commons, London

Junko & keith at House of commonsWho’d believe it?  I was asked to arrange Ikebana at the House of Commons for the British-Japanese Parliamentary Group’s Sake Evening.

It was great fun for Tomiko and me to go to the House of Commons and such an unusual place to arrange Ikebana, don’t you think? I did this traditional style of rikka called sunanomono, which I thought would suit the surroundings and the event. House of Commons Tomiko

And, of course, Keith couldn’t resist coming along to “help” too; mainly with sampling the eight different sakes that were there for tasting…mmmmm!opening the sake

Ikenobo Ikebana Exhibition in Ruislip, London, November 2013


Ikenobo Ikebana Exhibition in Ruislip, west London.

Junko rikkaOur annual first annual hana-no-wa Ikenobo Ikebana exhibition was held in November this year (2013) in Ruislip, west London.


My students and I formed a new Ikenobo Ikebana Study Group right here in west London and this was our first exhibition as the Hana-no-wa Ikenobo study group. Held at the Woodford Hall, the lovely venue just off Ruislip High Street where we held our 2011 Ikebana exhibition.

We displayed over 30 Ikenobo ikebana arrangements through out the weekend, with live traditional koto music, Ikenobo ikebana demonstrations and guest exhibits from our good friends, the Middlesex Bonsai Society.  And just to keep our visitors refreshed, tea coffee and Japanese sweets were laid on too!




Bonsai Show 3rd November

Middlesex Bonsai Society

Middlesex Bonsai SocietyWe are delighted to promote the upcoming 4th Heathrow Bonsai Show on 3rd November 2013 at:

The Barn, High Street,  Harlington, Middlesex, UB3 5ER.

For more details go to Heathrow Bonsai Show 2013   or open the flyer

We are delighted to promote the 4th Heathrow Bonsai Show.  Earlier this year we had the privilege of visiting  the annual exhibition in Ruislip of our very good friends the Middlesex Bonsai Society. The Bonsai exhibits were exquisite and we’d recommend anyone with a fascination for or interest in Bonsai to go along: we will be.


Olympic Ikebana

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bamboo, orchids and lots of moss

A Japanese garden of bamboo, orchids and moss

It had never occurred to me that I should ever be involved in an Olympic Games. Of course, Ikebana hasn’t become an Olympic sport, so no medals, but what a fantastic thing to have done.

Tokyo is bidding for the 2020 Olympics and The Japan Olympic Committee invited me to create a floral flavour of Japan at its hospitality venue at Hyde Park Corner.

The biggest challenge was to choose materials that would remain fresh for the for the duration of the games.  I finally chose to recreate a feeling of mountain moss and bamboo gardens which are found all over in Japan.  This turned out to be a major undertaking.  I couldn’t get the bamboo in UK, so enlisted the help of one of my greate Ikenobo professor friends who decided to come and help…and bring several hundred kilos of fresh bamboo with her!

bamboo, moss and orchids for the Japan-olympic-committee staircase

bamboo, moss and orchids for the Japan Olympic Committee staircase

To help me deliver this unusual and exciting commission, I was joined by four of my most senior students and my good friend and a fellow professor of Ikenobo, Sachiyo Katanishi, the bamboo courier extraordinaire. It took five of us a whole day to create the 15 arrangements, spread over 4 floors of “Japan House”.


setting up was hard to do



To round off my involvement in Tokyo’s 2020 bid, I ran two workshops for VIPs during the course of the games.