Friday, May 17, 2013
THE GRACEFUL LINES OF ENSHU ISSHINKAI
Fumie Ichifu Meikyo, Headmistress, Enshu Isshinkai with Reiko Ichirei Meikyo
Headmistress Fumie Ichifu Meikyo and her daughter, Reiko Ichirei Meikyo, bring the elegance of Enshu Isshinkai ikebana to the chapter this month. Headmistress Meikyo began ikebana studies at the age of 14 with the late Headmaster Isshin Mori. In 2009 she became the fourth Iemoto of the school.
Enshu School of Ikebana was founded in the 17th century by Kobori Enshu. It is one of the most esteemed schools of traditional ikebana. It is particularly noted for fashioning a sturdy, straight branch into a delicately curved branch, using intricate cuts and wedges, resulting in designs of graceful line. The technique is difficult to master and requires years of study. Among other designs, a favorite theme of Enshu Issinkai arrangements is Mt. Fuji, Japan’s beloved mountain.
Meikyo Sensei has taught ikebana for 45 years. In her role as Iemoto, she most recently demonstrated in 2010 for the Los Angeles chapter of I.I. She also has presented programs in Houston, TX and abroad in Italy, Turkey, Lithuania, Korea, Russia and Pakistan. Twice before she has come to San Francisco to assist former Headmaster Mori in his programs and workshops here.
In Japan, Headmistress Meikyo’s work is shown in museums, public buildings, and shrines such asYasukuni Jinja. She also is a student of the Enshu School of Tea Ceremony, founded by Kobori Enshu in the 17th century.