On Tuesday, as a part of our culture class, we got to try ikebana! Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It's a lot more difficult than one may think.
Since we're the advanced class, they wanted us to take it seriously and adhere to the rules of ikebana, which are abstract yet strict, apparently. Me and my partner Undariya would arrange our flowers one way, and then the ikebana teacher would come over and tell us that it isn't interesting enough and rearrange the entire thing. So you could say the finished project (see above) is half her work, half ours. I really like the finished project though! Me and Undariya worked hard to make it look like we wanted to (while still appeasing the ikebana sensei...)
Some progress shots!
We named it 花ダリア、which is roughly "Hana Dahlia", but it's witty because my name is Hana (flower) and her name is written in katakana similar to Dahlia (Dariya), which is also the red flower we used. So it's a combination of our names and a description of the arrangement.
I personally wanted to name it 生けバクハツ (ikebakuhatsu). It's a pun that combines ikebana (flower arrangement) and bakuhatsu (explosion). I think it looks like an explosion. Flower arrangem-explosion. Explosion arrangement? Either way, Undariya didn't go for it.
A few days later the white flowers bloomed, so it looks like this now!
And here's some of the other students' work!