[ONLINE EVENT] Hanaiku Workshop: Celebrating the Beauty of Flowers
Friday, July 31 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hanaiku (花育) is Japanese education for kids to foster a sense of beauty and appreciation of life through experiences with plants and flowers. All you need are your favorite flowers, empty plastic bottles, and scissors! Motoko Ishihara, Japanese Culture Consultant at Motoko Japan LLC, will teach us the beauty of flowers and show us how to enjoy simple flower arrangements at home. This is a perfect event for K-12 students to attend with their parents.
What to prepare:
Please note that these materials are not required to attend, however we encourage everyone to participate in the hands-on activity during the event.
A bouquet – pick up a small bouquet from your local grocery store
Motoko Ishihara Japanese Culture Consultant, Motoko Japan LLC
Motoko is a Japanese cultural consultant, Ikebana specialist, author, and founder of Motoko Japan. Enchanted with Ikebana since her childhood, Motoko began her journey in Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging, as a 15-year-old in Kurashiki, Japan, where she was born and raised. After immigrating to Dallas, Texas, in 2010, Motoko founded her company, Motoko Japan, in pursuit of connecting people to the Zen elements and traditional ceremonial experiences found within Japanese culture. In her cultural wellness philosophy, she strives to help transform individuals and businesses alike through sharing the richness of Japanese culture, and through ceremonial practices and cultural introspection, offer a breath of fresh air to the busyness of everyday life. Motoko’s mastery of traditional Japanese culture is demonstrated with over 35 years of experience in Ikebana arrangement, tea ceremony, and teaching the Japanese language. She also has an Ikenobo teacher’s license and certifications in Omote Senket tea ceremony with over 15 years of ceremonial experience and has been teaching Japanese since 2012. With her expertise, Motoko has held Ikebana demonstrations, workshops, private classes, events, and has given various speeches for both the public and private sectors.