Ohara Ikebana Exhibition: Transition


On October 21st and 22nd, the Embassy of Japan hosted the annual Ohara Ikebana Exhibition. Over two days, more than 270 visitors came to see the exquisite display of Ikebana arrangements that expressed the mood of the season designed by talented Ohara Ikebana artists, teachers, and students.

Every year members of the Ottawa Chapter of the Ohara School of Ikebana gather to display their talents in the Embassy's auditorium. This year’s theme of "Transition" led the artists to use local as well as non-Canadian natural materials, such as maple branches, driftwood and moss to create arrangements that showcased transition in seasons in nature.

During the official opening ceremony, Ms. Sandra Olney, President of the Ottawa Chapter of Ohara School of Ikebana, welcomed guests. Representing the Embassy of Japan was Minister Yasunari Morino. In his opening remarks, Minister Morino noted how wonderful it is to see many Canadians embrace Ikebana, which is a very traditional part of Japanese culture. He also mentioned that he was pleased to see cultural exchanges strengthen our mutual understanding and friendship.



Ms. Olney, President of the Ottawa Chapter of Ohara School of Ikebana, giving remarks


Minister Morino delivering opening remarks


Minister Morino hears about the exhibition from Ohara organizers


From left: Ms. Olney, Minister Morino, Ms. Coupal, Exhibition Chair