Ohara Ikebana Exhibition: Discover Ikebana

On October 13 and 14, the Embassy of Japan was pleased to host the annual Ohara Ikebana exhibition titled “Discover Ikebana”. The exhibition showcased an array of exquisite designs in the Embassy’s auditorium. The event brought in approximately 600 visitors during the two-day exhibition. Using flowers and other live materials, each work reflected the points of view of artists and their individual interpretation of nature.

In the opening ceremony on the first day, Ambassador Ishikane, noted in his remarks that the exhibition provides a great occasion to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Japan-Canada diplomatic relations this year. He also expressed his hope that the spirit of this ikebana exhibition could inspire the audience to discover new aspects of this ancient discipline, and Japanese culture at large. Ms. Sandra Olney, President of the Ottawa Chapter of Ohara, also welcomed the guests in her speech.

One of the tables offered hands-on experience of Ikebana where visitors could freely create floral arrangements on their own.

Ambassador Ishikane delivering opening remarks Ms. Olney, President of the Ottawa Chapter of Ohara School of Ikebana, giving remarks


Ikebana works on display

Ambassador and Mrs. Ishikane toured the exhibition with Vice-President Ms. Marie-Eve Coupal-Place Mr. Mitsugu Kikuchi, Sub-Grand Master of the Ohara School explaining his work to Ambassador and Mrs. Ishikane


Approximately 600 visitors enjoyed the exhibition over the weekend Visitors trying out Ikebana