13th Asian Regional Conference
November 12-15, 2015
The Grand Hotel
Hosted by Taipei Chapter #105
Chairperson: Lan-Hsin (Lansing) Chen
Principal Guest Master:
Iemoto Akane Teshigahara, Sogetusu School
Please join us for a fun-filled ikebana gathering and to refresh our friendship through flowers.
As the host of the 13th Asian Regional Conference, Taipei Chapter appreciates all the passionate response and support to this auspicious event. Up to date the number of registrants has reached 360 persons, which is far more than the originally planned figure. Therefore, the Conference Committee made the difficult decision to announce regretfully that the registration for the Conference is closed from this moment.
In Friendship through flowers,
The 13th Asian Regional Conference
8th European Regional Conference – Berlin Chapter 246
The 8th Conference is taking place from 20 – 24 August 2014 at the Seminaris Hotel in Potsdam, Germany. It is hosted by the Berlin Chapter 246. Below is message from the Berlin Chapter President:
“We have organized an Ikebana conference where our common interest will play the main part: teachers of ten different Ikebana schools will offer workshops, of which each conference participant can choose two and eight different schools will present their style during short demonstrations. An international Ikebana exhibition will be presented by the conference participants and the highlight of our conference will be a demonstration by Sogetsu Iemoto Akane Teshigahara, presented in a beautiful theatre on the shore of one of Potsdam`s many lakes.
There will also be the possibility to attend an Iemoto workshop with Akane-sensei and of course we have planned some nice offers for your recreation in these famous historical surroundings!
So have a look at our website
where you can also find the registration-forms for the conference from now on.
We are looking forward to welcome you in Potsdam in “Friendship through Flowers”!
With best regards and most sincere greetings
President I.I. Berlin e.V. Chapter 246″
For further information please contact http://wwww.ikebana-international-2014.de/
17th North American Regional Conference
Asheville Chapter #74
The Asherville Chapter will be hosting the North American Regional Conference
Date : 18 – 22 May 2014
Venue : The Ashville Renaissance Hotel, Asheville, Tennessee
Chairperson : Terri Ellis Todd
For more information please check their Website: http://www.ikebanaasheville.org
and click on the NARC page or email Patty Quinn Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org
12th Asian Regional Conference – New Delhi Chapter #77
The Conference took place on 21-25 Nov 2012 at the Lalit Continental Hotel from 21-25 November 2012.
A grand Ikebana exhibition and demonstrations given by masters of different schools were some of the highlights of the conference. The principal guest master, Mr Rishi Otsuka, Imoto of Katabami Kai School whom our members may remember from his visit to Singapore, gave a breath-taking demonstration.
225 delegates from all over the world attended the Conference. As part of the five-day activities, the New Delhi Chapter organised city tours, hosted lunches and dinners, and set up an Ikebana bazaar. The event brought together Ikebana lovers from all over the world who shared their insights on Ikebana as an art form. Old friendships were renewed and new ones made.
Congratulations to our member, Mr Christopher Lim, who was bestowed the honour to do an installation for the Sayonara Dinner.
10th Ikebana International World Convention
Welcome design outside the hotel
As most II members will know, the 10 World Convention was postponed from May 2011 to May 2012 because of the terrible devastation experienced in Japan during the great earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. Eight of the Singapore Chapter members who had signed on for the event last year, were able to confirm their participation this year. And what a wonderful treat we all had.
Members from 87 Chapters around the world gathered at the Le Daiba Hotel in Tokyo. The Friendship Room opened at 12 noon on Monday 30 April and big hellos were heard all around. Friendships were renewed and new ones were forged in this room as well as in all the other venues during the five days of activities.
There were so many highlights:
Ikenobo School – Senei Ikenobo
Ohara School – Hiroki Ohara
Sogetsu School – Akane Teshigahara
- the exhibition by Headmaster and Headmistresses of many of the Ikebana Schools as well as by members from all over the world and wives of Ambassadors
- the demonstrations by headmasters of six schools – Ohara, Misho Ryu, Ichiyo, Ryusei-Ha, Ikenobo and Sogetsu – each one a spectacle and great show with amazing flower materials
- demonstrations by members from various chapters, some bringing special floral materials from their home countries
- Cultural workshops – Making a Silk Brooch, Japanese-style Ink and Watercolour Painting, Ikebana arrangement with Sand, Bookbinding, Making Dolls out of Shells, Bamboo Craft
- The Opening Dinner and Sayonara Banquet as well as the dinners in between with the cultural entertainments that went with great food.
SC135 members at Opening dinner, photo by Sylvia Wei
Sayonara dinner, photo by Sylvia Wei
Each major event was graced by Her Imperial Highness, Princess Takamado. How lucky II is to have such a supportive and gracious Honorary President.
Apart from the many flower activities, there were Business meetings for the delegates, a Breakfast meeting and a Forum for all members who wished to attend as well as the all-important Extra Ordinary General Meeting. Sadly business at the EGM could not be concluded as insufficient proxies were received for the two third majority neeed under the present II Constitution. Too many members did not appreciate the importance of them sending in their signed proxy. Hopefully the extra effort that has gone into contacting members during the Convention will have the desired effect and enough votes will be received to meet the deadline so that the change of status, which has been imposed by the Japanese Government, can come into effect.
So much work went into organizing the Convention which takes place every five years. I wonder how many members realize that most of this work is done by volunteers at local and international level, who give countless hours of service each, promoting our wonderful art form?
The Convention has been a great success on so many different levels. A huge Thank You to all who contributed in so many ways. Congratulations to you all for such a successful event.
The next Asian Regional Conference will take place in New Delhi, India, from 21 -25 November 2012. No doubt it will be an equally amazing event. Don’t miss it! For more information on this please contact the Chairperson, Aruna Kirpal at: email@example.com