‘The Introduction to Ikebana’ is an event that takes place in 3-parts. It is a chance for students to familiarize themselves with the Ikebana and is a Sogetsu curriculum. It teaches the young students about space, balance and color. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement and formal rules that are strictly followed. The students would be put through the training of flower arrangements and the idea to manipulate the materials that they use. The ‘First Viewing’ takes place as a welcoming to the visiting public. There is a blessing ceremony called Shinto. The Shinto is a present day connection to its ancient past. The rituals that take place are of great importance to the Japanese ethnic religion. The Shinto is a factual module to the national festivals, and this is what the Seattle Garden brings a blessing using the Ki-Life-Energy. There is also the Takeuchi community room that allows the public to enjoy some popular Japanese teas and see the ICHI -Go ICHI-E; digital portraits/paintings whilst enjoying their tea.
Tours & Japanese Tea
The tours range from complimentary, to school groups and private. The private tours are limited, and come at a first – come – first – serve basis. The tour last for 45minutes. The complimentary tour is also a way to be guided through the lush gardens and its history. The same time is taken, and 45 minutes is the annual time frame. The school group offers a special rate and allows school children the opportunity to learn about the culture and garden. The tours are a popular way to inform/ describe a more intimate and detailed account of what the visitors are witnessing. Tea is traditional and very popular with the Japanese. The ‘Tea Ceremony’ has been a practiced art for centuries, and teaches the Wabi-Sabi way of humility and tranquility. It takes place in the Shoseian Teahouse, surrounded by a Roji Setting.
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