In his remarks at the opening ceremony, Ambassador Kimihiro Ishikake expressed his heart-felt congratulations for reaching an important milestone. He also noted that Canadian culture shares a strong appreciation for nature and that is why the appreciation for ikebana has flourished so beautifully in Ottawa. This deep respect for nature, and the many other values which Japan and Canada share, form the foundation of the friendship that the two nations have enjoyed over the last 90 years. Also, Mrs. Anne Breau, President of the Ottawa Chapter of I.I., and Mrs. Margaret Beckel, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature delivered their remarks, and Ambassador Ishikane declared open.
Guests admired ikebana arrangements which expressed a natural simplicity and quietness. The arrangements were presented by the ikebana artists represented by Ottawa’s Ohara and Sogetsu Schools and Toronto’s Ikenobo School.
The exhibition was open to the public from April 11 to April 14.
|Ambassador Ishikane||Mrs. Breau, President of the Ottawa Centennial Chapter of Ikebana International||Mrs. Beckel, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature|
||Ambassador Ishikane cut the garland
to declare the official opening of the exhibition
|Mrs. Breau giving a guided tour to Ambassador Ishikane
||From left: Mrs. Breau, Ambassador Ishikane, and Mrs. Beckel