Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibition: Wabi-Sabi and Ikebana

On October 5 - 6, at the Information and Culture Centre of the Embassy of Japan, the Sogetsu School of Ikebana Ottawa Branch held its annual exhibition. The theme of this year's exhibit was “Wabi-Sabi and Ikebana”.
 
At the opening ceremony, Ambassador Ishikane delivered remarks and noted that the Ikebana pieces on display here would eventually fade, as all flowers do in fall. However, this does not diminish their beauty. On the contrary, their ephemeral and changing nature is what makes each piece all the more beautiful and unique. Mrs. Clair McCaughey, Director of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana in Ottawa, and Mrs. Anne Breau, Exhibition Chair, also delivered opening remarks.      
 
Over 400 visitors came to the exhibition over two days. Visitors not only experienced the depth of the art of ikebana through observing arrangements that expressed Wabi-Sabi but also felt early, quaint, Canadian fall. 
 
Ambassador Ishikane delivering his opening remarks Mrs. Clair McCaughey, Director of the Ottawa Branch of the Sogestu School of Ikebana, giving her remarks Mrs. Anne Breau, Exhibition Chair, giving her remarks
 
Mrs. Breau, Exhibition Chair giving explanations of ikebana arrangements to Ambassador and Mrs. Ishikane Visitors admiring arrangements
From left: Ambassador and Mrs. Ishikane, Mrs. McCaughey, Director of the Ottawa Branch of the Sogestu School of Ikebana, Mrs. Breau, Exhibition Chair