Yesterday was our Ikebana Chapter's 60th anniversary. So some big sensei people from Kobe came to town and gave a special demonstration. Although the audience was 99% women, the display was put together 100% by men and you will see why in a second.
Your usual Ikebana that someone like myself does is the right size to be displayed in your house. Yesterday we saw a giant display being made. It was very interesting as I had wondered how they do it when I have visited other big Ikebana exhibitions.
First take a huge chunk of tree that weighs over 200 kilos and needs at least 5 people to carry it
Then stick large branches or small trees into the aforementioned tree trunk. Secure using nails and screws.
(The little old man on the right is the big sensei and was giving the orders)
For effect add another huge tree trunk - this time one that looks like octopus legs
Decorate with many kinds of flowers and branches, fruit is also ok (In this case pineapples!)
(The guy on the right is the head of the school, and he was allowed to add the colourful flowers at the end. I think he chose a good spot for them, and he got a round of applause from the audience too)
Creating a wonderful fusion of jungle and a traditional Japanese spring theme