This week, the second year junior high students participated in a first-hand workshop for flower arranging, called 'ikebana' in Japanese. The students thoroughly enjoyed the art of ikebana and were able to bring out their artistic senses in the Japanese Arts.
The workshops were held over two days in the school's cafeteria. The theme for the workshops was Christmas, so students were given Japanese plant branches, as well as pine cones and carnations to resemble the Christmas plants and flowers found in western countries. Students were taught how to carefully cut the branches and place them on the 'kenzan', a spiky tool placed in the middle of the container, to fix the flowers in position.
Although we had a limited time to finish arranging, all the students managed to complete their artworks. Afterwards, everyone wrapped their flowers in newspaper and took them home.