The 11th World Convention of Ikebana International was held in Okinawa from 12th to 17th April 2017. Among the events were demonstrations by the Iemotos of seven ikebana schools. Below are the final stage presentations of three of them.
The next group of photos are the large scale arrangements in the exhibition hall representing some of the schools.
Some members of the Melbourne Chapter participated in the exhibition at the Convention and their arrangements are shown below.
President Chieko Yazaki.
Vice President Christopher James
Emily Karanikolopoulos was also invited to be one of eight members from around the world, who were asked to give a demonstration in the main hall.
This is what the main Exhibition Hall looked like at the welcoming dinner.
Emily was assisted by Eugenia Chudacek, also from the Melbourne Chapter. The audience included members of the Imperial family.
This is Emily's finished work. Her second piece is below.
The requirement was to make an arrangement in a glass vessel. Emily used native Australian, acacia aphylla, from her own garden and purple calla lilies.
Kazuko Yano, here with Emily, was a previously a member of the Melbourne Chapter, where she is warmly remembered. Kazuko was the M.C. at the demonstrations by individual members.