Ikebana International Turns 50
Ikebana International Jamaica - St Andrew Chapter 156 president Helen Chen delivered a message at the organisation’s 50th anniversary celebration. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

Ikebana International Jamaica - St Andrew Chapter 156 is 50! The non-profit cultural organisation dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of Ikebana, the Japanese art of arranging flowers, hosted its golden jubilee celebration Saturday last at The Liguanea Club.

Formalities included opening remarks from Chair Vivian Crawford, the President’s Message from Helen Chen as well as video demonstrations of the most popular schools of Japanese floral arrangement notably Ohara, Ikenobo, Sogetsu and Ichiyo. Facilitators of the three video presentations were Stephanie English, Susan Cano and Elaine Jo.

Guest speaker Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of Japan in Jamaica Ken Nakamura welcomed all on behalf of the Japanese embassy, underscoring the importance of the Ikebana practice and the role it plays in uniting different cultures.

Dr Pauline Milbourn, in her vote of thanks expressed delight at the turnout and invited guests to view the visually appealing exhibits.

Ikebana International was founded in Tokyo, Japan, in 1956 by the late Ellen Gordon Allen and today boasts over 8,000 members in more than 50 countries. The organisation is administered by enthusiastic volunteers of different nationalities and Ikebana schools. Ikebana International creates a space for individuals to share their inspirations, styles, philosophy, history and techniques whilst connecting with Japan.

From left: Dr Pauline Milbourn, Cicely Tobisch, Helen Chen, Myrtle Halsall and Beverly Chen cut the 50th anniversary cake. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)
Retired lieutenant Oscar Darby presented Helen Chen with a gift from the Jamaica Orchid Society which she opened to reveal a copy of Jamaica’s Wild Orchids by Denis Valentine. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)
Family members (from left) Cezanne Chen, Joelle Chen, Beverly Chen and Suzanne Chen were out to celebrate the 50th anniversary event. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)
Ikebana International Jamaica president Helen Chen shows off her gift from Jamaica Orchid Society, Jamaica’s Wild Orchid by Denis Valentine. Chen is one of the first to own the book, containing photos of wild orchids, before its official release. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)
Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of Japan in Jamaica Ken Nakamura delivered greetings on behalf of the Japanese Embassy at the Ikebana International 50th anniversary celebration. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)
Ikebana International Jamaica - St Andrew Chapter 156 president Helen Chen and her husband Vincent were all smiles at the 50th anniversary celebration. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)
Legal assistant Elizabeth McMillan (left) and paralegal Remona Robinson were on hand for the Ikebana International 50th anniversary celebration. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)
Past president of the Japanese Exchange Teaching Alumni Association (JETAA) Marsha Dennie captured an arrangement from the Sogetsu school. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)
Retired beautician Joan Russell stood alongside arrangements from the Sogetsu school. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)
Betsy Davis (left) explained the Sogetsu school of Ikebana method to Carol Narcisse.(Photo: Joseph Wellington)
Ikebana lovers (from left): attorney-at-law and principal of Design Privacy Ltd Kerri-Anne Reckord, travel consultant Elizabeth Lopez, and mosaic artist Elizabeth McAdam.(Photo: Joseph Wellington)
From left: Operations manager at Caribbean Glass Co Ltd Andrew Gordon; his wife Lisa Gordon; attorney Rosemary Neale-Irving; and finance officer Aristakes Zurabian were also part of the celebration. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)
Ayesha and Henry Buess made it a family affair with their son Liam. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)
Myrtle Halsall displayed the Ichiyo school Ikebana method. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)
Retired foreign service officer Deta Cheddar admired arrangements from the Ohara school of Ikebana. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)
Pharmacist Barbera Gurrell posed alongside arrangements from the Ohara school.(Photo: Joseph Wellington)
Beverly Chen showed off an arrangement from the Ohara School of Ikebana. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

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