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FREE - Ikebana Annual Exhibition - Saga Goryū Demonstration

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United States National Arboretum

3501 New York Avenue Northeast

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Join Ikebana International Washington, D.C., Chapter No.1 during its Annual Exhibition for a FREE demonstration by Guest Ikebana Artist, Bruce Wilson will be demonstrating Saga Goryu School of Ikebana

Bruce Wilson has given ikebana presentations at a variety of venues, including the U.S. National Arboretum, the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC, the National Geographic Society, the Hillwood Museum and Gardens, and the Walters Gallery. He has exhibited abroad in Kyoto, Japan; Dusseldorf, Germany; and Amman, Jordan.

Since 2006, Bruce has spent part of every year in Japan studying Saga Goryū ikebana at Daikakuji Temple in Kyoto, and returned in October 2018 to contribute to an exhibition celebrating the 1200th anniversary of Daikakuji Temple and Saga Goryū Ikebana.

Saga Goryū School www.sagagoryu.or.jp

The Saga Goryū school traces its origins back twelve hundred years to the Emperor Saga’s arrangement of three chrysanthemums at his summer palace on Osawa Pond in Kyōto. The palace became the Shingon Buddhist temple known as Daikakuji, where successive emperors would retire to practice the traditional Japanese arts of self- cultivation, especially the art of flower arrangement. Thus, the temple became a center for ikebana, and today the headquarters of the Saga Goryū school remains there, by license displaying the sixteen-petal imperial chrysanthemum as its emblem. Because of this emphasis upon place, the school makes landscape designs one of its many specialties. Always, however, the goals of the school include revitalizing classical forms and awakening arranger and viewer to the spiritual aspects of nature.

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