The Star (Nairobi)

17 November 2012

Kenya: A Thrilling Japanese Cultural Festival

This year's Japan Cultural Festival held at the embassy of Japan in Nairobi was a true reflection of the country's rich culture.

The main event was an Ikebana lecture and demonstration where those present were taken through the Japanese flower arrangement style by Misei Ishikawa, a flower master with 20 years experience.

With assistance from Seika Kasuya and Koji Kurata, Misei made beautiful flowers arrangements from stems, leaves, branches and even from bananas. The arrangements create a harmony of linear construction, rhythm, and color.

Its entire structure is based on three main points that symbolise heaven, earth, and humankind. Other events included Japanese food demonstration and Kimono demonstration.

Among the people present was Japanese ambassador Toshihisa Takata and businessman Manu Chandaria.

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