Ikebana (The Art of Arranging Flowers): Its Beauty and Symbolism; Its Role in Post-War Japan as a Path Toward Internationalization; How it Both Saved and Lifted Up the Women of Japan

  • Thursday, February 13, 2014
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Saint Andrew Christian Church, 13890 W. 127th Street, Olathe, 66062 PLEASE NOTE: 127TH ST. IS ONLY ACCESSIBLE FROM BLACKBOB STREET DUE TO ROAD CONSTRUCTION
This presentation is part of the Wise Women Group series at Saint Andrew Church in Olathe.

Ikebana provides a wonderful creative outlet with a direct connection to nature.
That is frequently the initial draw for beginners. By peeling back the layers of this ancient art, one can not only gain valuable insights into Eastern perspectives but also receive a gift of one's own creation.

Dianne will provide interesting insights into this most prominent of Japanese cultural arts. She will discuss its symbolism, structure and training regime providing many photos and actual examples of arranged flowers in the Japanese Ikebana style. In addition, she will share intriguing information about its history with a focus on its very important role in post-war Japan providing legitimate work for Japanese women while serving as a critical role in improving US - Japan relations.

Dianne Daugherty, MS Ed and longtime HAJAS member, holds a teaching license for Ikebana in the Sogetsu School for Ikebana. She has presented and provided demonstrations on Ikebana in a variety of settings and does arrangements upon request. Dianne also teaches Japanese Language & Culture at Olathe North High School and for Johnson County Community College. During a 3-yr stint when she and her husband (Jerry) and daughter (McKinna) lived in Japan, Dianne immersed herself in the study and practice of Ikebana along with other cultural arts. The experience of living and studying in Japan made a strong impression on the Daugherty family. Dianne has made multiple trips back to Japan in the past 20+ yrs and has continued to expand her studies of Japan's history, cultural arts and music.

There is no cost to this presentation.

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