Christmas Celebrations – ‘In the spirit of Christmas’
Shangri-La Hotel, 1 and 2 December, 2010
The Shangri-La Hotel ballroom came alive as members and guest, dressed in Christmas splendour, came to celebrate the ‘Spirit of Christmas’. Beautiful Ikebana creations could be viewed while listening to the Choir from St Bernard Church and watching the antics of mime artists. The main event was a demonstration by visiting 1st Grade Riji Master, Mrs Nakano Rika from Fukuoka who created breath-taking designs.
This was a glamorous event but the less fortunate of society were not forgotten. Members donated to a collection of old and new toys for underprivileged children and a large donation was made to DAWN (Dedicated Aids/HIV for women and children needs).
On 2 December, members and guests attended a workshop with Mrs Nakano Rika. Everyone enjoyed her instructions and went away happily with their own designs. What a wonderful way to enter the Christmas season.
II Johor Bahru Chapter
‘Christmas Colours’, a gift wrapping workshop, 23 November, 2010
Our Vice-president, Viola Yong, led another large group of Singapore Chapter members across the Causeway to participate at a gift wrapping workshop with Vice-President Benny Gui. As always, Benny was eager to share his knowledge and impressed everybody as he transformed mundane packages into beautiful gifts.
JB President, Tunku Shahariah, personally selected the delicious Christmas tea. The afternoon concluded with lucky draw and gift exchange putting us all into the mood for Christmas.
It was with great sadness that we learned that Benny lost his fight against cancer and passed away on 31 January, a great loss to his family as well as the floral art community.
II Johor Bahru Chapter
Hari Raya Celebrations and demonstration 5 October, 2010
A large group of members, including our Vice-President Viola Yong, helped celebrate Hari Raya with our sister chapter in Johor Bahru. Mr Gilson Chong, Advisor to the Penang Sogetsu Association, creatively blended Sogetsu Ikebana with Malaysian culture in his very inspirational demonstration. The Hari Raya festivities were enjoyed by all.
New Members Welcome Tea
The Glass House, Four Seasons Park Apartment, 20 October, 2010
38 members, including 14 new ones were able to enjoy a fun filled afternoon including a hands-on demonstration and workshop conducted by our member Mrs Anju Bhardwaj, Ichiyo School. Committee members prepared a pot luck spread of delicious food. Everybody appreciated this wonderful opportunity to get to know each other better.
AGM – Demonstration ‘In “Q” with Autumn’
27 September, 2010 at the China Club
After the accounts were confirmed and accepted and the new Committee was introduced, members adjourned to one of the dining areas of the China Club for a scrumptious Chinese Banquet.
During lunch, our own member, floral art teacher and Sogetsu expert, Mr Kelvin Tan, enthralled 82 members and guests with his designs interpreting Chinese folklore.
11 ASIAN REGIONAL CONFERENCE, MANILA,
22 – 26 September
Ten Singapore Chapter members accompanied by two Past Presidents of Johor Chapter travelled together to Manila to a most enjoyable Regional Conference. Four Filipino chapters, Manila, Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro hosted the conference at the Shangri-La Hotel, Manila.
A very colourful Opening Ceremony was followed by a delicious dinner accompanied by various entertainment programmes by cultural groups from the many different regions of the Philippines. An exhibition of exquisite floral displays by members of the 26 chapters which were representing countries from as far away as America, Russia, Germany, was just one of the many highlights over the five days, including an aw-inspiring demonstration by the Iemoto of the Ichiyo School, Mr Akihiro Kasuya who was assisted by his son. A Splendid Gala Dinner with a handover to the New Delhi Chapter which will host the next Asian Regional Conference in 2012 concluded the days of Friendship through Flowers.
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IN LOVE WITH IKEBANA
Demonstrations and workshop with Iemoto Rishi Otsuka of Koryu School.
Japanese Creative Centre, 14 – 17 September.
In celebration of Singapore Chapter receiving an achievement award from Japan Ministry of Culture and Arts, Ikebana HQ sent the Iemoto of the Koryu school to grace the occasion with demonstrations and a workshop. This was combined with an exhibition by our members, showcasing floral arrangements from various Ikebana schools.
SINGAPORE CHAPTER BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS AND CONFERMENT CEREMONY
Residence of our Patron HE Yamanaka, Ambassador of Japan, 31 August 2010
Singapore Chapter was honoured with a Commendation by the Japanese Foreign Minister in recognition of our contribution in promoting Japanese culture. To commemorate this award we were invited to combine our 41st birthday celebrations with a Conferment Ceremony at the residence of our Patron, HE Mr Yamanaka, the Ambassador of Japan and our Honorary Member, Mrs Yamanaka.
The event was graced by Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon, (Ministry of Community Development Youth and Sports), the outgoing International President, Mrs Nakayama, Our Honorary Member Mrs Kim, Mrs Anchulee Gunavibool, wife of the Thai Ambassador, founder member Tan Sock Khee and many of our Past Presidents.
The evening ended with a gift presentation to our gracious hosts who were leaving Singapore for a new posting. It was a wonderful evening of Friendship through Flowers.
SINGAPORE JEWELLERY SHOW 2010
Marina Bay Sand Conference Centre, 29 July – 1 August
Our Chapter was invited to participate in the International Jewellery Show at the newly opened Marina Bay Conference Centre. Four of our teachers interpreted the Four Seasons one on each day of the Show. Mrs Kim, Sogetsu master and our Honorary Member, had the honour at the Opening Ceremony with an interpretation of Summer. Mrs Hiroko Yasuda, Kozan School, delighted us with Autumn, Dr Leonard Lim, Ikenobo, enthralled with Winter and Anju Bhardwaj, Ichiyo School brought us back to Spring. Viola Yong was the compere as well as provider of much of the plant material from her lovely garden.
The high standard of Ikebana art was well received by II members, supporters of the various schools as well as the public.