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Ikebana show unfolds cultural dimensions of Japan

ISLAMABAD: The Japan Embassy on Tuesday organised an Ikebana demonstration and certificates awarding ceremony as a part of its ongoing Japan Cultural Week-2011 at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA).

Due to the worst Tsunami disaster in Japan, the cultural week is being observed with solemnity and somberness from March 10 to 16 to depict the old and new dimensions of the Japanese culture.

The event is being organised by the Embassy of Japan in cooperation with the PNCA, the Pakistan-Japan Cultural Association, Islamabad, and the MEXT Alumni Association of Pakistan.

Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan Chihiro Atsumi was the chief guest on the day. PNCA DG Tauqir Nasir Pakistan-Japan Cultural Association President Syed Ijlal Haider Zaidi art lovers and students were present at PNCA premises.

Speaking at the occasion Atsumi said an earthquake and a following Tsunami resulted in tremendous damages across a wide area of Japan and expressed sincere gratitude for the kind and warm responses of the government of Pakistan and its people, sharing the grief of the Japanese people through their messages of condolence and sympathy. “Your support and well wishes have enabled us to continue the events of Japan Week in Islamabad,” said Atsumi.

Professor of Ikebana from Karachi Asifa Ataka conducted the Ikebana workshop for the beginners and advanced classes from March 10-14. Asifa studied Ikebana from the Ikenobo School, one of the leading flower arrangement schools in Japan.

Ikebana which literally means “flowers kept alive”, developed into a distinct art form in Japan in the 15th century and is now practiced all over the world including Pakistan. Ikebana is more than simply putting flowers in a container.

The relationship of the branches to the container and the surrounding space, has distinguished this simple decoration of flowers and flowers do not look like flowers but a piece of art.

The participants of the Ikebana workshop were given certificates at the concluding ceremony. Works by the students of the ikebana workshop were also displayed at the occasion.
Source: Daily Times
Date:3/16/2011