Compositions in Words & Blooms
~ An Exhibition by Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135 ~

12 - 14 September 2019

Japan Creative Centre (JCC)

© Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135

Japan Creative Centre (JCC), Embassy of Japan in Singapore and Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135 is pleased to showcase an exhibition of about 20 floral arrangements, which is complemented by haiku or Japanese poetry on the coming of autumn through the beauty and soft colours of the natural landscape. Join us in celebrating these wonderful works displayed harmoniously at Japan Creative Centre (JCC).

About the Exhibition

Aki-no No-ni Sakitaru Hana-wo Oyobiori
Kakikazoureba Nanakusa-no Hana
Hagi-no Hana Obana Kuzuhana Nadeshiko-no Hana Ominaeshi
Mata Fujibakama Asagao-no Hana

(English Version)
Flowers blossoming
in autumn fields –
when I count them on my fingers
then they number seven

The flowers of hagi (bush clover),
obana (eulalia), kuzu (arrowroot),
nadeshiko (pink), ominaeshi (patrinia),
also, fujibakama (mistflower)
and asagao (morning face) flower.

These seven flowers are mentioned in the verse taken out from the Manyoshu, (“Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves”, a collection of Japanese poetry from the 8th century) of the Japanese poet, Yamanoue Okura

The beautiful season of autumn has inspired many poets in different cultures over the centuries. Come September, the above mentioned seven autumn flowers also take center stage in Ikebana. September is also characterised by the autumn equinox and the harvest season and Tsukimi, or moon-viewing. As a celebration of this enchanting season, this exhibition presents a selection of writings on autumn that have provided an inspiration for our Ikebana artists to incorporate the various elements of autumn in their artworks.

Exhibition Period

Exhibition Period:

12 - 14 September 2019 (Thursday - Saturday)

Opening Hours:

10:00am to 6:00pm


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



Exhibition Opening & Demonstration

~ Exhibition Opening & Demonstration ~

Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135 welcomes you to join their members in celebrating the coming of autumn at the opening of the exhibition with an exclusive Ikebana demonstration in the style of Ikenobo by Ms. Jane Tan at JCC! Seats are limited, so hurry up and sign up!


Wednesday, 11 September 2019


2pm - 4:30pm (Registration starts 1:30pm)


Japan Creative Centre (JCC)


Email or call Mrs. Marvina Low @ 98220011 to register for the opening event

About the Demonstrator

© Jane Tan

Ms. Jane Tan has more than 30 years experience of practicing Ikebana. She is a member of the Ikenobo school which is the first school of Ikebana known for its traditional form of Ikebana.

Having participated in exhibitions in Kyoto, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei and Singapore, and conducted several workshops over the years, she now holds the Katuko certificate (16th) from the Ikenobo School and continues to study at the school’s headquarters in Kyoto.

About Ikebana

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

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 and Kozan. 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.

About Ikenobo School

Ikenobo is the first school of Ikebana and said to have originated from the Rokkakudo Temple in Kyoto, founded by Prince Shotoku, approximately 1400 years ago. The Temple’s priests lived near a small pond (“ike”), in a hut (“bo”) and made floral offerings for the altars. Starting in the mid-16th century, Senno Ikenobo compiled and established the Ikenobo teachings, “Senno Kuden”. Since then, Ikenobo has continued to evolve and is still widely practiced today.

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).
Train fares, travel times and route maps are available on the SMRT website.

Driving to JCC:

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

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