IKEBANA, back to basics
~ An Ikebana exhibition by
Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135 ~

3 - 5 October 2017

Japan Creative Centre (JCC)

© Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135

Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, is a subtle, sensitive and sophisticated art form having a recorded history from many centuries. It is steeped in the philosophy of developing proximity with nature. Ikebana is a form of art, similar to painting and sculpture. The artist expresses his/her creativity by using the medium of natural floral materials and containers. The fundamentals of Ikebana are as relevant today as they were centuries ago, but the art form has evolved to suit the modern society. Like in all art forms, if one has knowledge of some basic rules and concepts developed by the masters over the years, then one can certainly try appreciating or doing Ikebana.

Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135 presents IKEBANA, back to basics to showcase the basics of Ikebana. At this exhibition, through the distinctive styles of Ikebanists from different Ikebana schools, one can appreciate the basic fundamentals of minimalism, lines, space, asymmetry, colour and contrast which are prevalent in the art of Ikebana. Besides that, there will also be a workshop on the first day of exhibition open to I.I. members and the public.

About Ikebana International

Ikebana International (I.I.) is a non-profit cultural organisation headquartered in Tokyo, and is dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of Ikebana. Founded in 1956 by the late Ellen Gordon Allen, with a dream to create an organisation uniting the people of the world through their mutual love of nature and enjoyment of Ikebana, I.I. currently has presence in over 50 countries, with 161 Chapters and membership of approximately 7600 people. It is inspired by its motto "Friendship through flowers".

Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135 was founded in 1969 by Lady Bette De La Mare, wife of the then British High Commissioner to Singapore. The Chapter has since then actively contributed to the learning, appreciation and promotion of the art of Ikebana in Singapore and the region. The Chapter members come from various schools of Ikebana such as Ikenobo, Sogetsu, Ohara, Ichiyo, Ryusei-ha, Souami. Monthly events organised by the Chapter offer the members and Ikebana lovers, a platform for interaction and learning. Over the years, the Chapter has also raised funds through this beautiful art form, and donated to many charitable causes both locally and internationally.

Exhibition Period

Exhibition Period:

3 - 5 October 2017

Opening Hours:

Tuesday - Thursday, 10:00am to 6:00pm


Japan Creative Centre (JCC), Embassy of Japan in Singapore
4 Nassim Road Singapore 258372



Register for the Workshop

In Line With Zen

An Ikebana workshop by Mr Peter Chin


Tuesday, 3 October 2017


2:30pm - 4:30pm (Registration starts 2:00pm)


Japan Creative Centre (JCC), Embassy of Japan in Singapore
4 Nassim Road Singapore 258372


For further information, please contact Ms Chu directly at netty_chu@hotmail.com or 96302812 (http://ikebanasingapore.org/)

Sometimes our artistic creativity stays hidden unless we have an opportunity to be in a creative environment. Come discover the artist in you by appreciating the simplistic beauty and role of lines in the art of Ikebana. Mr Peter Chin will help you realize your inner potential of being creative and being able to appreciate Ikebana using simple floral material.

Under the guidance of the workshop facilitator and Ikebana International members, you will be able to create a simple Ikebana arrangement based on the zen philosophy of being minimalistic. This workshop is suitable for both beginners and advanced students, and is open to the public. At the workshop, floral materials will be provided and refreshments will be served.

About the Workshop Facilitator

© Peter Chin

Mr Peter Chin is one of Singapore’s renowned international floral designer & educator. He started floristry in the Japanese Art Form of Sogetsu Ikebana in 1975. His experience of over 4 decades has given him a deep understanding of concepts of Ikebana and working with natural material. Until April 2017, he served as President of FDSS (Floral Designers Society Singapore) from 2015 – 2017.

Through the years, he has studied and assisted many world-renowned floral designers to broaden his floristry skills and has won many awards including the Interflora (Pacific Unit South 1) Designer of the Year 2001. He has raised funds and participated in many floral exhibitions in South East Asia, China, England, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Macau, New Zealand, Taiwan and has competed in the Grand Final at the 50th Interflora Golden Anniversary in New Zealand in 2002. He has also worked in and decorated many 5 Star Hotels and Royal Palaces in Malaysia, Singapore, and was the Principal Floral Designer for the Brunei Palaces.

Where is Japan Creative Centre (JCC)?

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Getting to Japan Creative Centre
4 Nassim Road Singapore 258372
Tel: +65-6737-0434

By Public Bus:
Bus services: 7, 36, 77, 105, 106, 111, 123, 132, 174, 174E, 502, 502A, 502B (Alight in front of Delfi Orchard)
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By the MRT:
You may also take the MRT to the nearest MRT station, Orchard (NS22).
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Driving to JCC:

Nearest parking is at Orchard Hotel, Delfi Orchard and Orchard Parade Hotel.

Japan Creative Centre

4 Nassim Road, Singapore 258372
+65 6737 0434 / jcc@sn.mofa.go.jp
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