To commemorate the birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, Ikebana enthusiasts organised a virtual event titled ‘Kamal & Kiku’ where 61 Ikebana enthusiasts showcased their works.
First Master Ohryu and the convener of the event Rekha Reddy explained that the theme represented the confluence of cultures of two great nations – India & Japan. Taga Masayuki, Consul General of Japan Chennai, and Chitra Ramachandran, Special Chief Secretary, Education, Telangana State, graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour.
Speaking about the event, First Master Ohryu and the Convenor of the event Rekha Reddy said, “‘Lotus is our national flower represents a metaphor of spiritual detachment and chrysanthemum is the national flower of Japan and the Imperial Emblem, the origin of which dates back to 1180 -1239. The practice of Ikebana leads us closer to nature. This sublime art form has a connection to India as the Buddhist monks were the first to practice it, and Buddhism originated in India spreading to Japan.”