The Hong Kong Branch of Sogetsu Teachers’ Association REGRETTABLY REACHED THE DECISION TO POSTPONED ITS ANNUAL EXHIBITION TO A LATER DATE.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUOUS SUPPORT & NEW DATES WILL BE ANNOUCED ONCE AVAILABLE.
The Hong Kong Branch of Sogetsu Teachers’ Association – 50th Anniversary Events
Please mark your dates and join us at these memorable events:
- Annual Exhibition, November 22- 24, at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. (Admission free)
- Demonstration by Master Teacher, Ms Eikou Sumura on Saturday 23 November,
3:30pm to 4:30pm, Arts Centre , 4th floor, Gallery B.
Porfile of Master Instructor, Ms. SUMURA Eikou
EIKOU SUMURA is a unique ikebana artist, renowned for her use of a diverse range of natural materials beyond the usual fresh flowers and plants. Flower petals, fallen leaves and branches from roadside trees have all been featured in her acclaimed works, noted for the way they "renew life", bringing otherwise discarded or neglected plants back to life as beautiful ikebana art for everyone to enjoy.
Her creations bring out and enhance not only the beauty but also the brilliance and essential elements of the plants she uses. She has made it her lifework to introduce people around the globe to the Japanese art of ikebana, and has made extensive trips on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan to countries the world over.
Her permanent ikebana installations, changed monthly, welcome you at the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel in Shibuya, Tokyo, and at the Tokyu Capitol Tower in Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan.
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 Kayoko 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!