30 June 2017

IKEBANA, A 500 OVER YEAR OLD TRADITION, ON SHOWCASE BY IKENOBO IN PAVILION KUALA LUMPUR

TOURISM MALAYSIA OSAKA launched it's 'KL Tour Package with Senko Ikenobo to KL' in conjunction of 60th Anniversary of Malaysia-Japan Diplomatic Relations in 2017. As highlight, the members of Ikenobo decided to demonstrated and exhibit the Ikebana arrangements (Japanese Flower Arrangement Art) at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur on the occasion of the 6th Anniversary of Tokyo Street in July, 2017. 




Mr. Solehuddin Ahmad, Director of Tourism Malaysia Osaka said, "We are honoured to collaborate with well-known and high profile association witht he great history in promoting Malaysia. The special tour will be led by Mrs. Senko Ikenobo, the Headmaster Designate of Ikenobo which will make this tour more appealing and attractive. There will be 90 Ikenobo members from Japan and some members from Malaysia and neighbouring countries joining the events at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, and tours in Kuala Lumpur and Malacca after the events. The Ikenobo Ikebana exhibition will become on the biggest Ikenobo exhibitions outside of Japan as well.

Ikenobo celebrate their 555 years in history this year and by introducing this Japanese culture to Malaysian, this special event will become another 'friendly bridge' between Malaysia and Japan."

TOUR SCHEDULE
SPECIAL TOUR FROM JAPAN WITH SENKO IKENOBO
Period:29 June – 3 July 2017
Endorsed by:Ikenobo Society of Floral Art
Supported by:Tourism Malaysia, Malaysia Airlines, Kansai Airports

Tours:Nippon Travel Agency

IKENOBO FLOWER EXHIBITION AT PAVILION
Period:30 June - 2 July 2017
Venue:Tokyo Street, Pavilion KL
Exhibition:100 pieces of floral art Other events
workshop:  3 times(20 pax per time/ free to participate)

Demonstration:3 times


IKEBANA 
IKEBANA (means arranging flowers, keep alive, living) is an art of Japanese Flower Arrangement or also known as Kado (the way of flowers, flowers). Dating back to the 7th century, it's a floral offering made at altars. But later it was placed in tokonoma (alcove) of a home. By the 16th century, growing through centuries, over 1000 different schools of Ikebana and Ikenobo is among the best known ones. 

Recognised as a disciplined art form of both nature and humanity brought together. It often emphasizes on areas of plants such as stems and leaves (emphasizing shape, line and form). To our eyes, it practises minimalism, triangle in shape. To the Ikebana artist, every design to symbolize heaven, earth and man or sun, moon and earth. 


It was said that some practitioners, while in the making of Ikebana, will fall silence. Most probably, it brings them total calmness, relaxation, teaches to being higher tolerancy and patient. When we saw a few of the design it was all about nature and beauty. It may have been done with a story behind it by the artist themselves. 




SENKO IKENOBO
SENKO IKENOBO, PH.D., HEADMASTER DESIGNATE OF IKENOBO
SENKO IKENOBO is Headmaster Designate of Ikenobo, a family whose first generation is traced back to Ono no Imoko and whose philosophy of ikebana was established in the Muromoachi period (14th-16th century). She serves as Vice Head Priest of Shiunzan Chohoji (Rokkakudo) temple in Kyoto, Honorary Consul of Iceland and Guest Professor of Gakushuin Women’s College and Ritsumeikan University.

Senko Ikenobo’s varied activities focus on life as emphasized through Ikenobo ikebana. From 2012, in order to memory the sacrifice and recover from all the disasters, offering sincere prayers for the happiness and world peace, Senko Ikenobo started to take a pilgrimage to 33 temples in West Japan and performed flower offering ceremonies. She completed the pilgrimage in May, 2016. In 2013, she visited Boston and New York, U.S.A. on the occasion of the Ikenobo Ikebana 550th Year, conducting an ikebana workshop at Harvard University and performed a floral offering ceremony at United Nations Headquarters.

TOURISM MALAYSIA
http://www.tourismmalaysia.or.jp/ 
Malaysia will meet its 36 million tourist arrivals by RM168 billion in receipts by 2020. Malaysia has been chosen as No1 country for longstay for 11 consecutive years by Longstay Foundation in Japan.  Also Malaysia is a shopping paradise as there are 3 major sales such as Super Sales, Mega Sales and Year End Sales.

MALAYSIA AIRLINES
http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/jp/ja.html 
Malaysia Airlines is the national carrier of Malaysia, offering the best way to fly to, from and around Malaysia. Among the few airlines to have won both a Skytrax five-star rating and World's Best Cabin Staff award, Malaysia Airlines embodies the incredible diversity of Malaysia, capturing its rich traditions, cultures, cuisines and warm hospitality on board, while opening up more of Malaysia’s destinations than any other airline. Malaysia Airlines flies daily to Kuala Lumpur from Osaka, with easy connections to various domestic destinations such as Langkawi,
Kota Kinabalu and Penang.

IKENOBO
http://www.ikenobo.jp 
Ikenobo will celebrate the 555th year this year since the name Ikenobo first appeared in historic records.  Ikenobo conducts activities in order to pass the soul of Ikebana floral art on to future generations.  Establishment of the philosophy of Ikebana was in late Muromachi period (late 15th century).  Ikenobo is set to be the origin of Ikebana and the history of Ikenobo represents the history of Ikebana itself.  New movie “Flower and Sword” describes the story of Senko Ikenobo Ⅰ.

KANSAI AIRPORTS
http://www.kansai-airports.co.jp/ 
As of April 1, 2016, Kansai Airports succeeded the right of operating Kansai International Airport (KIX) and Osaka International Airport (ITM) from New Kansai International Airport Company (NKIAC) and commenced its business as an operating company for the two airports. Kansai Airports was established by a consortium made up of VINCI Airports and ORIX Corporation as its core members and shares the common goal of maximizing the potential of the Kansai International Airport and Osaka International Airport, improving services to passengers and give the highest priority of safety and security, investment to enhance safety, convenience and comfort to increase value, as well as enhancing community relations in the neighborhoods of the airports and benefiting the Kansai regional economy.  

NIPPON TRAVEL AGENCY
http://www.kansai-airports.co.jp/ 
Nippon Travel Agency has been taking a lead in industry since its establishment in 1905. As the oldest with long history with the company, NIPPON TRAVEL AGENCY CO., LTD., strives to provide customers with the very best service in the industry today.

PAVILION KUALA LUMPUR
http://www.pavilion-kl.com/ 

Pavilion KL is an award-winning, world-class mixed-use urban development located in the heart of Bukit Bintang, the shopping district of Malaysia. Pavilion KL blends the best of the international and local retail world with over 550 stores and eight themed precincts, including Tokyo Street. Attracting over 30 million visitors annually, this premier shopping destination is a duty-free shopping paradise and the defining authority in fashion, dining and urban leisure. Visit www.pavilion-kl.com for updates on the latest trends, offers and events.
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