On Oct. 27th, I made a visit to the sixtieth Yokohama Kadou (flower arrangement) exhibit that was held on the 8th floor of Takashima-Ya Department Store near Yokohama Station. Today, the Yokohama Kadou Association has more than two thousand members from 97 Kadou schools. 80 years ago, only about 10 schools got together to start this association.
In this blog, I want to introduce the head of the Jyodai Koryu (The Ancient(jyodai) Old(ko) School). Her name is Kangyoku Nagano, the fourth. She is right on the photo. The school was created 150 years ago by her samurai ancestor at the end of the Edo period. On the left in the photo is Kougyoku Ootsu, a master practitioner of the Jyodai Koryu. She supports the school with other fellow practitioners.
From their feminine soft looks, readers probably cannot tell, but they have very strong arms and hands. They are experts in oseika, formal flower arrangement. Oseika requires to train tree branches by hands and arms, so you need strong muscles. To create an oseika arrangement, it demands a long years of disciplines. They must train tree branches according to their designs. So I believe they can open most bottles without openers! I also admire their excellent sense in color coordination. I hope to introduce more on their art and sense of colors.