Ike­bana (flower ar­range­ment)

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Dat­ing back to the sev­enth cen­tury, ike­bana or ‘flower ar­range­ment’ is a Zen prac­tice deeply rooted in Ja­panese cul­ture. Ike­bana was ini­tially de­vised with the sole in­ten­tion of adorn­ing prayer al­tars, but has flour­ished into an art of its own. Dur­ing the 15th cen­tury, a Bud­dhist monk by the name of Senno founded the first and most pres­ti­gious ike­bana school dubbed Ikenobō. More than a means of as­sem­bling beau­ti­ful flo­ral dé­cor, ike­bana calls for at­ten­tion to the process of creation and pro­motes pa­tience, among other virtues. Iloha Cul­ture Cen­tre in Bangsar is one of few cen­tres in KL of­fer­ing in­struc­tion in the art of ike­bana. Tute­lage un­der Joo Hong Teh, an ike­bana en­thu­si­ast for 15 years and a trained Ikenobō in­struc­tor, is con­ducted in two lan­guages (English and Man­darin) and suited to stu­dents aged 12 years and above.

21-1, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Bangsar, KL (03 2202 2800; ex­cept on Mon & Tue). Ike­bana in­tro­duc­tory course, RM420 for 6 con­sec­u­tive lessons.

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