Long Island City, NY—February 27, 2014—Hiroki Ohara, one of the youngest Japanese grandmasters in ikebana, “the Japanese art of flower arrangement,” on March 6 will be demonstrating this exquisite art form to a group of LaGuardia Community College students that will get a chance to create its own arrangements.
The demonstration, held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., will take place in the college’s E-building (E500) at 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City.
The 25-year-old artist, who began studying ikebana 10 years ago, is the fifth headmaster of the Ohara School, one of the three largest ikebana schools in Japan. He began his tenure in 2010.
Ikebana, which was developed from the Buddhist tradition of offering flowers to the spirits of the deceased, has been practiced in Japan for over 600 years. It has evolved into a highly stylized art form in which nature and humanity are brought together.
What sets it aside from western floral arrangement is its use of empty space and asymmetrical forms. A harmony between the materials, the container and the place it is displayed is also important.
Mr. Ohara has created a new style, Hana-Kanade (performing or playing flowers), which expresses the crossing beauty of the principal stems that move inwardly from their insertion points at the base using free chosen materials.
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