November 2023 - HKSTA Annual Exhibition
Our Annual Exhibition will soon come back on November 23-26, 2023 in the Hong Kong Arts Centre, Pao Galleries. The theme of exhibition is “You in Ikebana”.
This year we will showcase one large group work at the entrance led by Rebecca, two small group works to be led by Tonie and Christie respectively. In addition,
we will stage four Ikebana demonstration sessions (11:30am –12 noon and 3:30 – 4:00 pm on November 25 and 26) to be performed by eight local Soetsu teaching teachers namely Janet, Miranda, Sharon, Makiko, HO H S, Betty, Elke and Shirley.
Don’t miss the opportunity of joining the exhibition.
Attention!! October Event-Online Seminar
Together with the Tokyo HQ, HKSTA will jointly organize an Online Seminar on October 18, 2023. Ms Hiromi Sugioka, Instructor of Sogetsu HQ will be the demonstrator
who will present five arrangements, focusing on the techniques of cutting and fixing large branches. Don’t miss the show!
2023 September Outing
On 27 September 2023, HKSTA organized an outing to the Oil Street Art Space (Oi!). A total of 15 members joined the visit. This Grade 2 historic building was built in 1908 and was previously the home to the Royal HK Yacht Club.
At present it is developed as a new art space introducing itself as a young and energetic creative force that calls on everyone “Oi! Come art with us!”.
We joined the guided tour there and the guide who gave us a detailed account of the history of the building and led us tour the red-brick complex of Oi!,
and the nearby built Oil Glassie, the exhibition galleries as well as the outdoor community leisure space. Members enjoyed the visit very much and were fascinated by the green and serene oasis being built amidst the bustling city streets.
After the visit, we had a dim sum lunch in the nearby restaurant. What a delightful day we all spent!
Member’s arrangements shared in September 2023
2023 August Workshop
On 23 August, HKSTA organized a workshop and invited Ms Catherine Law, a First grade (Somu) teaching member to lead members to play “miniature Ikebana”.
Ms Law demonstrated four miniature arrangements in four sets of different cute tiny containers, which were very interesting, amazing and inspiring.
The workshop was attended by 29 members and guests. They all enjoyed the afternoon with laughters, good food and beautiful flowers.
On 26 July 2023, HKSTA was pleased to invite our teaching member Ms ZHONG Yue Ying from Guangzhou to lead the workshop at Hong Kong Country Club. The theme of the workshop was” An arrangement with driftwoods”. Ms Zhong demonstrated three arrangements with different sizes and shapes of driftwoods and dried Azealea roots, which were very interesting, amazing and inspiring; in particular the last one composing with large windmill palms. The workshop was attended by 30 members who spent the whole afternoon happily with laughters, good food and beautiful flowers.
On 28 June 2023, HKSTA organized a workshop in Hong Kong Country Club, which was attended by 32 persons.
The workshop was led by Mrs Miranda Leung, Deputy Director. She taught us on an arrangement composing with branches – a Two-Step Approach re Text book 5 Lesson 14. She cannily showed us how to construct a free-standing composition using cut branches and wires as a first step. Next, she arranged the composition of branches in the container together with fresh materials, creating a fresh and inventive new look. The participating members enjoyed the workshop very much despite it was rather challenging.
On 24 May 2023, HKSTA were pleased to invite Mr. Cedric Tsang, a veteran interior designer and a second grade teacher of Sogetsu School to lead the workshop at HKCC.
The theme of the workshop was “A free Style Arrangement in a Self-made Bamboo Container”.
Mr. Tsang showed us the interesting and unique containers made by himself and taught us how to cut a four inches diameter bamboo into several pieces and bind them together by different methods to make a container.
The workshop was attended by 28 members who were amazed with the different methods taught in connecting the cut bamboos and enjoyed cutting the bamboos themselves.
we shall strive to continue with the work of HKSTA in promoting the growth and advancement of the art of ikebana according to the spirit of Sogetsu School.
I would also like to welcome three new members, Fanny Lau, Aileen Yang and Lily Chen, to the 2023-25 Committee.
Please pencil in your diary the dates of the activities shown on the attached Schedule of Events for 2023-24. The upcoming event will be the May Workshop to be held on 26th May 2023.
We have invited Mr Cedric Tsang to be the workshop leader who will teaches us how to make a container with bamboo, which is an opportunity not to miss. I look forward to seeing you in the workshop.
Photo: Committee members of 2023-2025
53rd Annual General Meeting, Talk on “Coffee Brewing”
After the AGM, we invited Ms Mandy Mok, an amateur coffee maker, to give us a talk on “Coffee Brewing”.
Workshop Led by Master Teacher, Mr Tetsunori Kawana on 20 March 2023
On 20 March, we held two workshops in the morning and afternoon in the Bayview Room of the Hong Kong Country Club. The workshops were led by Kawana Sensei, over 60 members attended the workshops.
Under Sensei’s clear and methodical guidance, participants were able to make their arrangements creatively and uniquely. Members had benefited a lot from the Master’s explanations and suggested revisions for each arrangement.
For junior members, it was a rare and valuable new experience.
HKSTA Demonstration by Master Teacher, Mr Tetsunori Kawana on 19 March 2023
HKSTA was honoured to have Master Instructor, Mr Kawana from Tokyo Sogetsu Headquarters to be the demonstrator of the finale floral demonstration of HKFS.
Master Kawana staged a magnificent floral show. He used the cut branches and leaves from Victoria Park to construct the base structures of four large arrangements,
he then changed their look by adding in beautiful hydrangeas, camilla, Japanese azalea, snow willows etc. He even moved the arrangements around on the stage so as to showcase its space consciousness.
All audience were amazed with his gorgeous, enchanting, powerful and inspiring performance. A big applause to Kawana Sensei’s performance.
Mr Kawana Sensei’s Performance at Eaton Club on 15 March 2023
Apart from performing in HKFS, Master Instructor Kawana was also invited by the Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong to perform Sogetsu Ikebana at Eaton Club on 15 March evening.
Not surprisingly, Master Kawana’s demonstration was always very stunning and successful. He demonstrated four pieces of traditional arrangements with cheerful spring flowers like cherry blossoms, camilla, snow willows, Japanese mognolia, dancing lady etc.
Special appreciation to the stage crew members too. They were Janeti, Sharon, Aileen, Elke, Fonny, Yuko and Jennifer.
2023 Hong Kong Flower Show (HKFS) Large Group Work Display, March 10-19 in Victoria Park, Hong Kong
HKSTA participated in the large group work display led by our First Deputy Director, Mrs Miranda Leung and Editor, Ms Elke Leung and Member, Ms Fonny Lau as Technical Advisor.
We used bamboo mats and bamboo strips to create a giant installation floating in the air, high-lighted by Camilla, Hydrangea and Japanese Azalea placed underneath. What a fantastic work it was!
Hatusike, New Year Celebration Lunch Gathering
On 5th January 2023, a total of 27 members including two guests from Toronto joined the Hatsuike at the Nadaman, Island Shangrila
also Rebecca, Janet and Annie for lending the miniature containers.
2022 Sogetsu Annual Exhibition
The 2022 Annual Exhibition was successfully held on 4th to 6th November 2022 in the Hong Kong
-We were honored to invite Ambassador Okada Kenichi, Consul-General of Japan in Hong Kong and Ms Tina Tai, Chief Leisure Manager of Greening Campaign of
Leisure and Culture Services Department to officiate the opening ceremony of our exhibition. Thanks!
- We recorded more than 1,500 visitors and the exhibition was very well received.
YouTube Link, please click the link below:
October Workshop was held on 19 October 2022
On 24 August 2022, we invited our member, Ms Mary Cheung, to give us a briefing on “The Fifty Principles of Sogetsu ” As Mary is very well versed with “The Fifty Principles of Sogetsu”, she was able to give us a brilliant ad informative talk, which was also precisely illustrated by her well prepared PowerPoint.
July Online Seminar by Mr Tetsunori Kawana, Master Teacher of Sogetsu School Headquarter
On 20 July2022, a total of 93 people including 51 people on site at HK Country Club and those who were at home or abroad attended the online seminar.
It was also joined by Ikebana friends from Singapore STA Branch, Moscow STA Branch and New Delhi Sogetsu School.
All participants enjoyed watching Mr Tetsunori Kawana’s demonstration very much.
His stunning works were met with everybody’s expectations without a doubt. Thank you, Kawana Sensei and HQ’s arrangement.
2022 June Workshop
On June 22, 2022, Hong Kong Country Club
Mrs Cindy Cannon led the workshop on the theme “The Fifty Principle of Sogetsu,
Attended by 28 persons including five joined zoom. Participants were amazed at her teaching of the new technique of intertwining the bamboo palms.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM was successfully held on 25th May 2022, started at 1:30 pm, in the Bayview Room of the Hong Kong Country Club. It was attended by 32 paid-up members.
Members enjoyed the “Magic Box Surprise” very much and they put hands together to create four unique, interesting and beautiful arrangements.
Please enjoy photos below:
HKSTA Teaching Teacher’s List
Name: Ms. CHOI Janet (1st Riji)
Class: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays from 16:00 to 21:30
Teaching district: Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
Contact: email@example.com/9425 5149
Name: Ms. CHOU Sharon (1st Riji)
Class: Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturday from 10:00 to 16:00
Language: Cantonese/English/Mandarin/ Japanese (a little)
Teaching district: Kowloon Tong, Kowloon
Name: Mr. Ho Hin Shing (1st Riji)
Class: Tuesdays & Fridays from 14:00 to 20:00
Teaching district: Fortress Hill, Hong Kong
Name: Ms. WONG Doris (1st Riji)
Class: Tuesdays from 10:30 to 16:00
Teaching district: Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Name: Ms. YUEN Tonie (1st Riji)
Class: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 13:00 to 19:00
Teaching address: Teaching address: Hua Chiao Commercial Center, 678 Nathan Road, Mongkok, Kowloon
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org/2395 3599/Fax: 2395 3590
Name: Ms. CHEUNG Betty (1st Komon)
Class: Fridays and Saturdays
Teaching district: Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Contact: 9407 7213
Name: Ms. YAMAHATA Norie (1st Jonin Somu)
Class:Thursdays from 10:00 to 17:00
Teaching district: Peak, Hong Kong
Contact: email@example.com/6628 9958
Name: Ms. FAN Ho Tsai (2nd Jonin Sanyo)
Class: Flexible Language: Cantonese/English/Mandarin
Teaching district: Taikoo Station, Hong Kong
Name: Ms. OU Shirley (2nd Jonin Sanyo)
Class: Tuesdays from 16:00 onwards
Teaching district: Tin Hau, Hong Kong
Hatusike Lunch_ 6th January 2022
We had 23 members joined Hatsuike event who made three arrangements for three tables using the following materials:
snow willows, pines re roses and mizuhiki. We had a great time together enjoying delicious Japanes cuisine, celebratory toasts with sake and a friendly
2021 Sogetsu Annual Exhibition Opening on 26th November 2021
We were honored to invite Ambassador Okada Kenichi, Consul-General of Japan in Hong Kong and Ms Tina Tai, Chief Leisure Manager of Greening Campaign of
Leisure and Culture Services Department to officiate the opening ceremony of our exhibition.
2021 Sogetsu Annual Exhibition, November 26-28, 2021
There are on big group work was showcased as well as three small group works and 56 members' personal creation.
The annual exhibition was very well received and successful with approximately 1,200 visitors.
Thanks to all for supporting our exhibition.
Outing to Tai O, Heritage Hotel, October 27, 2021
September Workshop: 29 September 2021
Theme: Ikebana in Motion
Total number of participants: 25, plus 10 joined zoom.
Ms. Elke Leung, member demonstrated three very impressive and inspiring arrangements with different
and inserting them in different angles like, front or back. Thus, creating a dynamic effect as if the arrangement is moving.
HKAFAS Exhibition on 25 & 26 September 2021
We were invited by HKAFAS to take part in the exhibition of its 20th Anniversary Floral Feast
Our Director Janet Choi and Honorary Advisor Sharon Chou also personally participated in
Happy 98th Birthday to Mrs Lucille Evans on 28 August 2021
**Happy Birthday and All The Best to Mrs. Evans.
HK STA August Workshop
Theme: Paying Attention to the Container and to the Place Where the Arrangement will be Put.
HK STA July Workshop
Theme: A composition of “The Beauty of all Green” ref. Sogetsu Textbook 5
June Workshop led by Jennie, 2021 June 23
Total number of participants: 38. (19 participants on site (HKCC), 19 members joined
Jennie made 3 arrangements illustrating the contrast of 2 elements of Mass and Line.
Her arrangements were beautiful, impressive and inspiring. She presented
2021 May Workshop at HKCC, 2021 May 31
19 Members participated (due to the government’s policy of restriction of 20persons for social gathering). Janet Choi, our director started by explaining Sogetsu’s Text Book 5 Lesson 19 on Relief Works,
A composition which was made on a flat base surfaces, it was called Reliefs. Dried, colored, bleached plant materials and even unconventional materials could be used for the arrangement.
No fresh plant materials were used. MS. Choi demonstrated how to fix the materials on a foam board by wiring and adhesive. She drew members’ attention on how to place materials on a flat base surface,
but it must be taken into account of balance, colors and open spaces if creating an abstract art, it was important that the 3-dimensional effect must if creating participating members enjoyed doing their own Relief Work
if creating work of each remember looked unique, creative and self-expressive. Thereafter, everyone enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea with small conversations among themselves. It was indeed an afternoon of laughter joy and good time.
2021 April Online Seminar- Course B at HKCC, 2021 April 28
Although it was our first attempt to conduct an on-line seminar, the Zoom seminar by Ms. Suike Sakaguchi,
The demonstration was gorgeous, inspiring and beautiful. The Zoom presentation of her lecture and live demonstration spoke themselves of the theme of “Expression on Space and Movement”.
We were amazed by the beautiful seasonal materials used in her arrangement, such as Azaleas, flowering Dogwoods, Vanda Orchids…etc.
This time the efficient meeting equipment was critical in our achieving the smooth and high-quality zoom connection from HQ.
HKSTA AGM 2021, 31 March 2021
I would like to inform all members that a new Director and two Deputy Directors were elected at our 51st Annual General Meeting held on 31 March, 2021.
Our new Director is Ms. Janet Choi and the two Deputy Directors are Ms. Miranda Leung and Ms. Elley Mao. Their terms will be from 2021-2023.
I am grateful for all members’ past cooperation and support rendered to me and hope that you will also extend the same to our newly elected Directors.
Mr. Samson Ho, Landscape Consultant of Hunt Yen Consultants Ltd. Gave us a talk on how to arrange a mini moss landscape garden after AGM.
He started by giving us a brief introduction on Japanese garden and their design principles,
then followed by a hands-on demonstration of a mini rock Japanese garden in a 12 inches diameter round bowl.
Members were fascinated by the ways he made the garden with gravel, mud, stones, flat and round moss and mini asparagus plant.
Virtual " An Enchanting Spring" Demonstration, 2021 March 21
Due to the undesirable development of COVID-19 pandemic, the LCSD has announced the cancellation of the exhibitions,
competitions and demonstrations by local and overseas organizations in the 2021 Hong Kong Flower Show in March.
Hopefully the demonstration will keep everybody in good spirits in the midst of the pandemic.
Please click the link to enjoy the demonstration.
Thanks for your support!
Virtual Lunar New Year Celebration Exhibition, 17 Februlary to 16 March 2021
17 February, 2021
I am Sharon Chou, the Director of Hong Kong Branch of the Sogetsu Teachers' Association.
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to our Virtual “Lunar New Year Celebration” Exhibition.
Current government measures of social distancing during Covid 19 pandemic, it was impossible to hold a Hatsuike event in January. Therefore, we have decided to celebrate the Lunar New Year with an online exhibition instead.
Thanks to our members who take the challenge and show the tremendous enthusiasm and support, now I am proud to announce that this new normal of the exhibition will take place from 17 February.
Totally there are 34 gorgeous Ikebana arrangements packed with imagination and originality.
The title of the exhibition is "Lunar New Year Celebration ". It is a pity you cannot smell the beautiful flowers featured in the arrangements. But please imagine yourself being in the gallery to celebrate the Chinese New Year together.
Thank you very much for taking time to log in to our Facebook/Instagram site. I am looking forward to your comments.
Invitation: Virtual Lunar New Year Celebration Exhibition, 17 Februlary to 16 March 2021
Exhibition Title: Lunar New Year Celebration
a/ One Ikebana arrangement with clear image and background
Members works will be uploaded/posted on our Website, Facebook and Instagram on 17 Feb 2021
When edited into a video, it will be uploaded to YouTube to share too.
Please stay tuned and thank you.
Good news from Headquarters
Dear Members and ikebana lovers,
Please click the updated links below to enjoy the first ikebana creation in 2021
Heartfelt thanks to HQ for sharing:
1. First creation in 2021 from Iemoto Akane Teshigahara
Iemoto Akane's "Expressing My Thoughts with Ikebana by Akane Teshigahara” (attachment)
Please stay safe and well.
2021 Hong Kong Flower Show
Due to the undesirable development of COVID-19 pandemic, the LCSD has recently announced the cancellation of the exhibitions , competitions and demonstrations by local and overseas organisations in the HKFS in March .
and love of spring flowers,hopefully the demonstration will keep everybody in good spirit in the midst of pandemic.
Arrangements to share from Hong Kong Sogetsu Members to all in January 2021
Please enjoy beautiful arrangements and stay safe.
2020 Virtual Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibition, 27 Nov to 26 Dec 2020
Related links as below:
Arrangements to share from Hong Kong Sogetsu Members to all in December 2020
Please enjoy beautiful arrangements and stay safe.
2020 October- Ikebana Arrangements from members
Invitation from I.I. Singapore Chapter
HKSTA was invited to participate in a Virtual Exhibition of FB & Instagram entitled "Inspirations from Mid-Autumn Festival” organized by Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135.
Sharon Chou, Director and her two deputies Janet Choi, Deputy Director and Miranda Leung, Deputy Director also participated in the Exhibition.
Recently we received a Thank you letter from Singapore Chapter 135 appreciating our support & participation at a time
when all of us around the world are experiencing the negative impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.
They also hope the on-line exhibition will provide an opportunity for all flower lovers to come together, and strengthen their friendship through flowers.
The related photos from HKSTA for the virtual exhibition are posted and please enjoy.
Selecting a lantern and white angel hair to make circle with rattan, to create a vivid round moon shape so as to harmonize the Happy Mid-Autumn atmosphere!
CHOI Janet, 1st Deputy Director, STA HK
LEUNG Miranda, 2nd Deputy Director, STA HK
2020 October- Ikebana Arrangements shared from members
2020 September- Ikebana Arrangements from Committee Members
STA HK 40th Anniversary with Iemoto Akane Teshigahara
In 2009, we were honoured to have Iemoto Akane Teshigahara to celebrate the STA 40th Anniversary with all STA HK Branch
2020 August- Ikebana Arrangements from Committee Members
HK STA committee members share ikebana arrangements with members by newsletter. Please enjoy!
Hong Kong is now experiencing the 3rd wave of COVID-19.
During this time, we should all be concerned primarily with our own health as well as that of our families and friends. We should not allow ourselves to be exposed to any health risk. Hence it is advisable to cancel our Ikebana classes as well as other social activities and to stay at home as much as possible. It seems that we will not be able to attend Ikebana classes for a while.
Iemoto Akane has rightly pointed out that we should try to learn more during such lockdown period instead of just staying at home without any focus or aim or just panicking! We, as ikebana practitioners in the STA need to continue our team spirit by helping each other as well as maintaining our professional skill in such art.
2020 July- Ikebana Arrangements from Committee Members
HK STA committee members share ikebana arrangements with members by newsletter. Please enjoy!
2020 AGM: 24 June, 2020
After AGM, followed by Mitsuhiki notes led by Sharon
After the meeting, the Director led a workshop called “Mitsuhiki Note”
Sharon showed how to do the “Awazu Musuvi” Which is widely used as a congratulatory decoration when people who want to receive gifts to express their respect and blessing.
It brings different experiences and fun for members.
Great News – The Sogetsu Hong Kong Branch’s Facebook and Instagram accounts are now set up and running.
Please register and visit as soon as possible and share all the instant news ...
** Online Demo –
*** Hong Kong Sogetsu Branch Director Sharon Chou’s June 3 Online Demo https://drive.google.com/file/d/14n8sLxC-kQW8yMuxQm_ENtIcffLIg-DN/view?usp=drivesdk***
2020 Sogetsu Magazine Summer
Our Director, Ms. Sharon Chou was recently interviewed by the So Magazine in its series called "Sogetsu in Overseas and Study Groups" and her article is featured in its 2020 Summer edition.
In brief, the article is the overview of Ikebana in Hong Kong and the development of Sogetsu and STA Hong Kong Branch, namely its history and current activities. In particular,
she talked about the unfortunate cancellation of our 50th anniversary exhibition in November,
2019 due to the social disruptions as well as another cancellation of the replacement exhibition of the same in April this year due to the pandemic emergency measures by the Hong Kong Government. Our Director also shares her learning and teaching experiences and her personal achievements over the years. All members are invited to read the article at your leisure.
2020 June- Ikebana Arrangements
STA committee members share ikebana arrangements with members by newsletter. Please enjoy!
2020 May- Ikebana Arrangements from Committee Members
Owing to the pandemic of Covid-19 and response to HK government to keep social distance for not more than 8 persons, we had cancelled our May workshop.
2020 April- Ikebana Arrangements from Committee Members
Owing to the pandemic of Covid-19 and response to HK government to stay home and keep social distance, we had cancelled our April workshop.
【Iemoto Video Message】Message of Sympathy over COVID-19
With COVID-19 spreading across the border, Iemoto Akane Teshigahara has posted the voice message.
Ikebana Teaching at Rosaryhill School- January 15, 2020
STAHK was invited by the Rosaryhill Secondary School to run four sessions of Sogetsu learning workshops on January 15 for more than 70 Form 2 students during the Japanese Cultural Week.
During the workshops, Mr. KoidaTomofumi , Director, Public Relations & Cultural Affairs Division and Ms. Kiku Chiu, the Secretary to the Director of the Consulate-General of Japan in HK had visited us.
Thanks to the support from Consulate-General of Japan in HK and Rosaryhill School.
Hatsuike- 2020 New Year Celebration Lunch – Wednesday Janurary 8, 2020
We did "Hatsuike" in Renka style, which was first adopted by the third Head Master, Hiroshi Teshigahara as a new way to create the group arrangement. In a large container or containers, each participant inserts a branch or a flower one after another. With the addition of new material, the arrangement will change the appearance. We all observe its changing aspect of floral arrangement and enjoy as a whole in the end.
Happy Birthday to our Head Mistress Akane and we wish you happiness and health for the year 2020!
The Hong Kong Branch of Sogetsu Teachers’ Association-The "Golden Anniversary" Exhibition
Date: APRIL 2-5, 2020
HK Branch of the Sogetsu Teachers’ Association 50th Anniversary Celebration Lunch held on November 23, 2019 at Dynasty Club
It is a major milestone and the Association has planned for its Golden Anniversary celebration in the month of November 2019. Unfortunately, with the unstable social situation, we had to delay the Exhibition. Yet we had kept the celebration Luncheon which all participated fully enjoyed. Mr. Minozu Zushi, husband of the late Marie, came to say hello before the start of the Lunch. Thanks!
We are honored to have our VIPs, Mr. and Mrs. Wada (Ambassador and Consul General of Japan), Ms. Tina Tai (Acting Chief Leisure Manager-Green Campaign) and Ms. Alice Ho, (Leisure Manager Community Activity LCSD) to join us on the day. We were also so pleased to have Mrs. Evans, HKSTA life advisor/ past director join us on the day.
STA HK Workshop- Wednesday October 23, 2019
Theme: Small and Simple
HK STA Workshop –Wednesday September 25, 2019
Theme: Book4 (9) Disassembling and Rearranging the Materials
HK STA Worksho in Kowloon Island– Saturday Aug 31, 2019
Theme: Arranging from Behind Nageire (free style)
HK STA Workshop – Wednesday July 24, 2019
Theme: Mini Bamboo Installation
Materials: Bamboo split, Camelia, Oncidium......
HK STA Workshop – Wednesday 19 June, 2019
Theme: Composition Using Unconventional Materials (Text Book 5-7)
HK STA Outing to Tai Kwun- Centre for Heritage & Arts– Wednesday 19 June, 2019
With good weather, we toured around the large complex comprising of new and landmark buildings with arts show, antique store, bars and eateries.
We learnt the whole history of the former central police station; we also visited the cell block and the former central magistracy. We all enjoyed the visit at Tai Kwun.
2019 April Workshop – Wednesday 24 April, 2019
Theme: Changing Wine Bottles
Containers: Wine Bottles
Materials: Horsetail, Eustoma, Limonium, Panicum.......
2019 AGM: 3 April, 2019
Theme: Horticultural Therapy
After AGM, followed by Horticultural Therapy programme by Connie
She explained that plants or flowers can bring therapeutic effect to a person who engages with it.
It can be through gardening, arranging flowers or just being around in the nature.
2019 March Workshop with Otani Mika Sensei- Monday 25 March 2019
Theme: Create a living sculpture.
Theme: Create movement with branches.
2019 HKFS Demonstration at Victoria Park - Sunday 24 Mar 2019
Ms. Otani Mika, a Riji teacher from Japan, gave a demonstration on 2019 March 24 at HKFS. Titled “Adventure with Flowers”. We are honored to invite Mr. Ambassador & Consul General of Japan and Mrs. Wada and 2019 HKFS Director, Ms. Or, and sincerely thanks for their coming and supporting. The show was a success despite of rain, it attracted many ikebana lovers and general public with warm applause.Title: Adventure with Flowers
2019 HKFS group exhibition, March 15-24, 2019
The group exhibit awarded "Grand Award for Unique Feature" at the Hong Kong Flower Show of Displays Section (Local).
2019 Feb Workshop – Wednesday 27th Feb, 2019
Theme: Container with A Twist
2019 Hatsuike Lunch – Wednesday January 9
2018Annual Exhibition, Nov 23-25, 2018
This year, the Annual STA Exhibition was successfully held at 7 Mallory Street, Wan Chai. It was well received and attended by more than 800 viewers during those 3 days event.
Two group-works and 42 individual exhibits attracted a lot of praises from visitors.
Our heartfelt appreciation to Mrs. Naoko Hirota, the wife of the Acting Consul General of Japan, and Ms. Wendy Or, Chief Leisure Manager of LCSD, for participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony.
2018Textbook 5 Training Session using DVD – Wednesday October 31
Venue: Hong Kong Country Club
2018 September Workshop – Wednesday 26th Sep 2018
Theme: Composition with Towel Origami
Textbook 5 Training Session using DVD – Wednesday October 31, 2018
Venue: Hong Kong Country Club
HK STA Aug 2018 Workshop – Wednesday Aug 29, 2018
Theme: Textbook 5 – 20 “complementing an art work”
HK STA July 2018 Workshop – Wednesday July 25, 2018
Materials: Newzealand flax, Still grass, Sun flower and Anthurium
HK STA June Workshop – Wednesday June 27, 2018
Theme: Arranging from Behind
April Arrangement for the 14th Asian Regional Conference of Ikebana International
In April 2018 most of our members were busy helping with the organization of the 14th ARC of Ikebana International. Our association was asked to be in charge of the table arrangements of the Welcome and Sayonara Dinner.
AGM of The STA HK Branch- 2018 May 23
The meeting was followed by a presentation from a special guest, Mr. Rico Chan, Founder and CEO of Beyond Vision Projects. He explained that the mission and goal of his social enterprise is to enhance the quality of life of people who visually impaired and of elderly with low vision by providing Tactile Audio Interaction System services. The tool will enable them to understand and engage visual information through touching and hearing the audio description. We appreciate Mr. Rico Chan for his inspiring presentation.
Workshop with Sawada Sensei – March 26, 2018 (Monday) at HKCC
Workshop #1 : Vertical Fixture, Textbook 5, lesson 2
Materials: Dragon willow, Cherry Blossom, Patrified willow, Newzealand flax, Dendrobium, Sunflower......etc.
2018 Ikebana Demonstration at HKFS on March 25, 2018
We are honoured to have Ms Kouei Sawada, a master instrutor from Sogetsu Headquarters to be the demonstrator for this year’s HK Flower Show. We are honored to have Mrs. Matsuda, the wife of the Consulate General of Japan, and Mr & Mrs Iwagahara,Deputy Consul General of Japan with his wife. The show hugely enjoyed by many ikabanists and general public alike.
2018 Hong Kong Flower Show group exhibition, March 16-25, 2018
The group exhibit awarded "Grand Award for Design Excellence" at the Hong Kong Flower Show, Local Displays Section
2018 February 28 Workshop
Theme: “Arrangement emphasizing Lines”
Materials: Horsetail, Anthurium, Alstroemeria, Red dog wood, Newzealand flax, Chrysanthemum
2018 Jan 24 workshop
Theme: Chinese New Year Arrangement
2018 Jan 10 Hatsu-ike Lunch
Theme: Table arrangement
2017 Annual Exhibition, Opening
We are honored to have Mrs. Matsuda, the wife of the Consulate General of Japan, and Ms. Wendy Or, Chief Leisure Manager of LCSD, for participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony. Sincerely thanks! The annual event received a lot of praise and acted the part of a splendid finale to the Branch’s events in 2017 and it attracted hundreds of viewers visited.
2017Annual Exhibition, Nov 24-26, 2017
This year, the HK STA was back to our usual venue for the annual exhibition in the Pao Gallery of the Hong Kong Arts Centre, refurbished and looking fresh … With 2 group works and more than 40 individual exhibits. Some of the individual exhibition can be see in Gallery page.
2017 Oct 25 Workshop
Title: Let's work in groups
Materials: Monstera, Anthurium, Eustoma, Nerine
Workshop with Ishikawa Sensei – September 27, 2017 (Wednesday) at HKCC
Title: Composing with Branches-A Two-step Approach
Materials: Philodenron, Dragon Willow, Gladiolus, Oncidium, Allium, Newzeland flax, Perch wood.
Text Book 5 – Special Traing Session - September 26, 2017 (Tuesday) at the HKCC
There are over 80 Sogetsu learners, gathering together at HKCC, a whole day session started at 9:30am. With 2 videos from Iemoto, Akane Teshigahara and 10 arrangements demonstrated by our master teacher, Ms. Ishikawa Misei. All participants learnt a lot about the new syllabus.
2017 July 26 Workshop
Theme: Arrangement with a Basket
2017 June 28 Workshop
Theme: Expression on Movement
2017 May 28 Workshop
Theme: Running wild with imagination using dried or bleached or unconventional materials
Title: Dried Palm, Plastic string, Allium, Dried wood, Monstera leave, and Chrysanthemum…etc.
2017 Apr 26 Workshop
Theme:Green plant materials
2017 March 20, Workshop with Nishiyama Sensei
Title: Cross-bar Fixture and Composition Using Unconventional Materials
Title: Composition Using Unconventional Materials
HKFS Demonstration: 2017 March 19
Ms. Kosa Nishiyama, a master instractor from Japan, gave a demonstration on 2017 March 19 at HKFS.
Titled “Variations of a Spring Breeze”. Her wonderful performance received warm applause from the audience.
2017 Feb 22 Workshop
Title: Calla Lily and Red dogwood
2016 Annual Exhibition Opening Ceremony, 25-28 November 2016
Our Annual Exhibition kicked off with the ribbon cutting ceremony, performed by jointly by Mrs. Matsuda, the wife of the Consul General of Japan and Ms. Wendy Or, Chief Leisure Manager (Green Campaign) of LCSD. A toast was given and guests were invited to view the exhibition.
Albeit that our Annual Exhibition took place in a much smaller venue, there were 3 group arrangements and 36 individual creations with the theme of “ Flower Message” in different shapes, form, materials and containers. It went successfully and attracted about 600 hundred people.
2016 Annual Exhibition Group Works
There are Three group works on 2 levels of CC Wu Building in Wanchai.
HK STA Sep Workshop – September 28, 2016
Theme:Cogon grass as Roofing material
Materials: Cogon grass, Snow berry, Red orchid, Newzealand fax and Lily grass.
HK STA Aug Workshop – Thursday August 18, 2016
Theme: Create a free and airy Nageire arrangement
Materials: Eucalyptus, Chrysamthum, Calla Lily.......
HK STA July Workshop - Wednesday 27 July, 2016
Theme: Fun Devices supporting Flowers
Materials: Lily Grass, Oncidium, Heliconai
June Workshop – Wednesday, 22 June, 2016
Theme: Fun Devices supporting Flowers
May Outing - Wednesday 25 May 2016, Visit to Old Tai Po Police Station
A talk and demonstration on fixing techniques of wood and bamboo after AGM, Wednesday, 27 April 2016
Leader: Mr. Cheung
Materials: Bamboo poles and wood
2016 HKFS Exhibition
STA HK used the Dragon willow and Vanda to create the group exhibit. The duration is from 11 – 20 March. The exhibit won the Grand Award for Unique Feature of HKFS 2016.
Leader: Mr. Ho
Demonstration at the Hong Kong Flower Show 2016
Ms. Misei Ishikawa, a Master instructor and RIJI at the Sogetsu Headquarters gave us a wonder demonstration on 20th March at the HKFS with the title of “Vitality”.
The demonstration attracted more than 400 public, the distinguished guests, ikebana friends on the day. The program ended in warm applause, and with great success.
March Workshop with Ishikawa Sensei– Wednesday, 21 March 2016
Theme: Repeating Similar Forms and Shapes
Theme: Disassembling and rearranging the materials
February Workshop – Wednesday, 24 February 2016
Theme: Using of Wood
January Workshop - Wednesday, 27 January 2016
Theme: The way of arranging ikebana from the back
Materials: Peach, Chrysanthmum
2015 Annual Exhibition Opening Ceremony
Our Annual Exhibition kicked off on 27 November by the ribbon cutting ceremony, performed jointly by Mrs. Matsuda and Mr. Horace Cheung. There are 3 groups works and 38 individual arrangement and attracted hundreds of visitors from 27 to 29 November this year. After a short speech by AnnaMarie, a toast was given and guest were invited to view the exhibition.
2015 Annual Exhibition Group Works
The three group works got lots of compliments. Ms. Sumura Eikou, Master Teacher from Sogetsu Headquarters in Tokyo, started her arrangement with the help of her daughter Okubo Yasuka and her assistant Mochizuki Hiroshi in the lift lobby in the signature Sogetsu bamboo style. Mrs. Ebuchi Yoko made a “big construction” with the big wall which showed the real power of flowers. Sharon Chou created a “floating” arrangement in the small room.
September Workshop - Wednesday, 23 Sep 2015
Theme: Conversing with Space
Materials: Palm, Chrysanthmum, Cockscomb
July workshop–Wednesday, 22 July, 2015
Theme: Combination of Dried Palm and Cedar
June workshop–Wednesday, 24 June, 2015
Theme: Grass Composition
HKFS 2015 Exhibition
We used about 28 pieces of fresh bamboo poles to form structure and support of the exhibition work. The beige reed and colored rattan blinds were twisted in different forms to create the mass and movement.
Adding the fresh fox face and heliconia, enhanced the vitality and contrast to the dry material of the whole arrangement. The group exhibit got the Unique Feature Special Award.
HKFS 2015 Demonstration
Mr. Hinata Yoichi, a Master instructor and RIJI at the Sogetsu Headquarters, gave us a wonderful demonstration on 29th March at the HKFS. The demonstration was a big success on the day.
2014 Annual Exhibition Opening Ceremony
The HKSTA Annual Exhibition at the Arts Centre from 28 November – 30 November 2014.
2014 Annual Exhibition Group Works
The three group works got lots of compliments.
1. The attractive display with the reed blinds against the black walls.
2. Using ladders at the bottom of the big wall as well as the unique wall panels fashioned from dried grass
3. The mysterious display in the small room with paper, dried and fresh plant materials spiced with red peppers!
HKFS 2014 Exhibition
STAHK used the 3 colored rattans to create the group exhibit, together with dyed windmill palm, kalanchoe and turf from 17-26 March.
The exhibit won the Grand Award for Unique Feature of HKFS 2014.
HKFS 2014 Demonstration
Mr. Ken Katayama, a Master instructor and RIJI at the Sogetsu Headquarters, gave us a wonderful demonstration on 16th March at the HKFS.
The demonstration was a big success on the day.
2013 Annual Exhibition Opening
The Exhibition, held on 29 November 2013-1 December 2014 at the H.K. Arts Centre, Wan chai, was a great success as ever and attracted hundreds of visitors. There were 43 individual's ikebana creations as well as 3 group works. Please view here for the group works and gallery for some of the individual arrangements. This year many guests and friends come to attend the opening ceremony on 29th December, bringing a lot of the glory to the exhibition.
2013 Annual Exhibition Group Works
The work at the entrance featured bamboo, drift wood, dried palm sheaves, camellia branches, dancing lady orchids and glories. The dried rubber tree leaves floated from the arrangement to the ceiling in elegant lines, creating a light and airy feeling. A truly exquisite creation to greet our guests!
2013 HKFS Exhibition
STA HK combined dried and colored fresh Traveler’s Palm Flower to create space and movement. The floor was covered with the fresh turf for the contract as well as the reflection.
Three different colors of the dendrobium in the big shallow containers had been added to become a focus of the whole. The exhibit won the Special Award for Unique Feature of HKFS 2013.
Leader: Mrs. Evans
Demonstration at the Hong Kong Flower Show 2013
This year, Ms. Eikou Sumura, a Master Instructor from the Headquarters, visited Hong Kong with her daughter and gave us a creative demonstration on 24 March. She created 6 arrangements. For the last one, she used the box stands with palm and thick vine to create structure.
Four big containers had been put in different place to display different materials. The green Love-lies-bleeding & Asparagus &, yellow Forthysia, Limonium, red hydrangea contrasted with one another well and it was interesting.
Ikebana Installation for the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2013
The Ikebana Installation by HKSTA for the 41st H K Arts Festival will be placed for the HK Arts Festival patrons and the public to
enjoy from on the G/F., Cultural Centre, Tsimshatsui from 20 February until 24 March 2013. You are welcome with free admission.
STA Annual Exhibition at Arts Center 2012
Our Annual Exhibition went very successfully and was well attended, same as last year.
The bamboo poles stand securely first before the moss covered wood was attached to give the structure more stability.
Glorious bittersweet was added, flowing from one bamboo pole to the next and Birds of Paradise flowers inserted in the cut out windows of the bamboo poles.
The final touch was added with the split bamboo, which had been painted in purple, to create lines and finish an impressive arrangement to greet the visitors.
In the small room, Fresh split bamboo had been assembled into a ball where some dried sago palm had already been inserted.
Fresh leaves were added as well as some red berries put inside and the ball hung from the ceiling. The walls were decorated with dried sago palms,
mostly on the upper parts in order to draw the eyes towards the ball in the middle of the room. Lighting additionally emphasized the structure.
The 5th floor created the desired layout for the wall. Hanging these woods on the wall was ably done.
Lovely shadows were created and a simple but utterly suitable "after the typhoon" arrangement came to be.
Demonstration at the HKFS 2012
On 25 March, Mrs. Yoko Ebuchi, an experience teacher from Japan, has given a demonstration by using Japanese materials during the HKFS, which the audience enjoyed very much.
HKFS Exhibition 2012 (16-25 March)
STA HK used the Cedar Veneer to create the group exhibit for a challenge, together with windmill palm, hydrangea, colored bamboo and wooden frames. The exhibit won the Grand Award for Unique Feature of HKFS 2012.
Flower Arrangement for City Hall 50th Anniversary
STA put up a big arrangement in the foyer of HK City Hall, Central (Lower Block) for celebrating the City Hall 50th Anniversary for the HK Arts Festival Patrons to enjoy from Feb 7 until Mar 6, 2012.
Annual Exhibition 2011
The Exhibition, held on 25-27 November 2011 at the H.K. Arts Centre, Wanchai, was a great success and attracted hundreds of visitors.
There were 30 individuals’ ikebana creations as well as 3 big group works. If you missed it, pleaseview here for the groups and gallery for some of the individual arrangements.
Demonstration at the Hong Kong Flower Show 2011
The demonstration, conducted by Ms. Suikei Sakaguchi, Master Instructor from Sogetsu Headquarters, was a great success. She gave a step-by-step demonstration of 8 arrangements together with a simple and clear explanation of arranging procedures and techniques. For the final arrangement, she brought out a big wooden structure and invited a few members of STA HK on stage to create a free style display with white non-woven cloth and various kinds of giant green leaves. The arrangement turned out to appear as if a lady was posing in a white dress.
Hong Kong Flower Show 2011
The exhibit of STA HK received the Grand Award for Design Excellence. The black bamboo strips decorated with colorful panes of washi paper were hung high. The thick black wavy lines could be clearly spotted even from a far distance. It was very eye-catching!
Demonstration at the Hong Kong Flower Show 2007
Ms. Koka Fukushima has have been staging remarkable ikebana demonstration in our Hong Kong Flower Show in 2007
In order to refresh your memories, the relevant photos for the events are attached for your viewing.