Our Own Ikebana

Last week, Morikami staff and volunteers sat down to a display of flower stems, bright green stalks and a puzzling diagram of shapes and dashes – a blueprint for ikebana, Japanese flower arrangement.  Cheiko Mihori, Founder and Director of the Florida Branch of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, would guide us in making our own. Ikebana is all about angles, we learned.  The three main elements of the arrangement stand at three different angles from a straight imaginary line down the middle.  But of course, we’re dealing with three dimensions;   each element …

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Chocolate and Kimono

If you haven’t gotten your sweets fix after this weekend’s festivities, check out the world’s first chocolate kimono.  New York-based chocolatier MarieBelle will reveal the kimono at its Kyoto store later this month.  While not an edible or even cocoa-scented garment in its final form, the kimono is painted with a dye rich in white chocolate.  “A sweet chocolate scent filled the air in the process of dying” said the wife of kimono designer Nobuaki Tomita.  The kimono’s pattern features a brown and blue cherry blossom display on a beige background.  Hungry …

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