Ikebana International for Jamaica 60!
A display of floral arrangements from the Ohara school (Photos: Joseph Wellington)

Jamaica and Japan have enjoyed diplomatic relations for 58 years. The first Embassy of Jamaica in Tokyo, Japan, was opened on February 17, 1992, and the first Japanese resident ambassador in Kingston was appointed in March 1995.

This friendship between the cultures even resulted in Jamaican florist Pearl Wright enjoying years on television teaching Jamaicans the art of Ikebana. Fun fact: Wright was the first Jamaican to receive the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun Gold and Silver Rays award.

Ikebana, meaning living flowers, is a centuries-old Japanese art of arranging flowers. Ikebana is an art in Japan in the same sense that painting and sculpture are artistic expressions.

The non-profit organisation Ikebana International Jamaica - St Andrew Chapter 156 was established a decade after Independence and celebrated its Golden Jubilee last month.

SO spotlights the calming practice of Ikebana and how it reflects the relationship between Jamaica and Japan.

A freestyle arrangement of heliconias (yellow bird) and Dracaena from the Sogetsu school (Photos: Joseph Wellington)
A floral arrangement of monstera leaves, anthurium obake, bleached mitsumata branches and yellow mini carnations from the Ichiyo school (Photos: Joseph Wellington)
A floral arrangement of Mary's tears (Lungworts), Dracaena and pink mini carnations from the Sogetsu school (Photos: Joseph Wellington)
A floral arrangement of painted ficus branches, green aralia, orange roses and sansevieria from the Ohara school (Photos: Joseph Wellington)
A combination of chrysanthemums and baby's breath from the Ohara school (Photos: Joseph Wellington)
Devil's ivy (Pothos leaves), anthurium, mini carnations and ferns constitute this floral arrangement. (Photos: Joseph Wellington)
A vertical floral arrangement of Song of India (Dracaena reflexa), lilies, chrysanthemums and mini carnations from the Ichiyo school (Photos: Joseph Wellington)

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