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Ikebana Demonstration at the Embassy
On June 22, the Embassy of Japan and the Israel-Japan Friendship Society co-hosted the Ikebana (Japanese flower-arrangement) Demonstration Day as part of the celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Israel.

Hiraishi Tanshuho, a master Ikebanist of the esteemed Sogetsu School, led the day with four other respected artists, exposing the Israeli audience to Japan's classic yet extremely creative art.
The audience applauded each time the skilled masters turned flowers and vases into fine, sculpture-like art pieces.
The series of demonstrations also took place at the Jerusalem Botanical Garden, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem,
and the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art.

*Ikebana and Sogetsu: The history of Ikebana dates back to the 7th century with its roots in the Buddhism tradition.
Over the course of years, Ikebana ventured from the religious arena and into the hearts of the general public, and is now mainly enjoyed for aesthetic and decorative purposes. The Sogetsu is a relatively new school of Ikebana established in 1927. It altered the conventional styles of Ikebana which mainly focused on following and practicing established forms. With its creative styles and the philosophy of "anytime, anywhere, by anyone," the Sogetsu School achieved massive popularity among the public, and it is now taught at 49 branches in Japan and 120 overseas.