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Ikenobo Ikebana Spring Exhibition and Tea Ceremony

  • Kinokuniya Austin 6929 Airport Blvd #121 Austin, TX 78752 (map)

Cultural Event Series! Japan 002:
Ikenobo Ikebana Spring Exhibition and Tea Ceremony

Ikenobo Ikebana Spring Exhibition

March 2 (Sat) 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
March 3 (Sun) 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What is IKEBANA?
Ikebana is one of the representative aspects of Japanese traditional culture and Ikebana began with Ikenobo.

Ikebana is an art form that began in Japan as a result of continuing efforts by Buddhist priests to reflect the harmony of nature in a man-made setting.Ikenobo considers a flower's bud most beautiful, for with the bud is the energy of life's opening toward the future.  Past, present, each moment, plants and human respond to an ever-changing environment.  Together with plants, humans are vital parts of nature and our arranging ikebana expresses this awareness.


Chado Demonstration

March 2 (Sat) at 2 p.m.

What is Chado?
Chado, the Japanese Way of Tea, is commonly know in English as the "Japanese Tea Ceremony." The ancient art of Chado is a synthesis of many Japanese arts with the focus of harmoniously and respectfully preparing and serving a bowl of matcha tea with tranquility and a pure heart.


Yoshiko Imai
Yoshiko sen-sei has been practicing under Ikenobo arrangements for many years.  In 2008, she received the Sokako of Ikenobo Certificate from Headmaster Sensei Ikenobo, naming her professor first grade.  She taught Ikenobo at the Japanese Association in Singapore for 10 years before moving to Austin in 2015. She is currently a member of the Ikenobo Lake Washington Chapter of the Ikenobo Ikebana Society.

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Rhonda "Sofu" Rolf
Rhonda "Sofu" Rolf began studying Chado when living and teaching English in Shimonoseki, Japan. Since then she has studied for 20 years in both Japan and the United States.

She has received “Junkyoju” associate professor license and has been granted her Chamei (artistic tea name) of "Sofu" from the Urasenke.tea school. Rhonda gives demonstrations throughout Central Texas and teaches in far north Austin.

Earlier Event: February 26
5 Centimeters per Second: one more side
Later Event: March 9
Talk & Signing: Sandra Vea