Dear Members and viewers,
Welcome to Ikebana International Singapore Chapter website.
These are unprecedented times during the COVID 19 pandemic. Globally, fear of unknown and accompanying anxiety is the general mood.
My heart aches for all who have been infected by this deadly virus and my heartfelt sympathies are with those who lost their loved ones in this crisis.
At II, many of the Chapters, including ours, have cancelled or postponed their programs as situation has worsened in many countries and many cities are under lockdown including Singapore.
It’s disappointing that everything around us is closed including the florists and we are unable to enjoy the Ikebana exhibitions and demonstrations but while staying at home you can still find joy in the nature that surrounds you-the beauty of the flowers in your garden or the leaves of your houseplants, or that beautiful shade- giving tree outside your window. You can also try creative Ikebana using unconventional materials, branches, fruits and vegetables. Nature is therapeutic and has immense healing powers. The stay at home can be taken on a positive note as time to heal our mind, body and soul so that we can be better, stronger and more creative when we emerge on the other side of this pandemic.
Quoting Headmaster Sen’ei Ikenobo of Ikenobo School (the oldest school of Ikebana)
“Ikenobo ikebana began from the flower offerings to the Buddhist alter of Rokkakudo Temple. No matter how many difficulties happened, the power of flower keeps giving people hope and peace from ancient time to nowadays. This time, I arranged the “Flower of Praying,” wishing that ikebana will invigorate regional communities, providing peace to the world and offer happiness to people.
No matter under what kind of situation, as the rising sun, Ikenobo ikebana is always brightening people’s heart, giving warm light and providing courage to move forward. In Ikenobo ikebana, there is strength that shines on future.” #ikebanaforpraying, #flowersforpraying
There is surely light at the end of this long dark tunnel. I have faith in modern medicine and our dedicated scientists and healthcare staff who are the beacon of hope for everyone. I’m hopeful that soon a solution will be found for this problem and we will return to a normal life.
Till then let’s stay at home and practice social distancing.
I wish you and your loved -ones good health and look forward to peaceful days around the corner.
In Friendship through Flowers