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Ikebana Exhibition

Saturday, November 4th & Sunday, November 5th

Join us for the Gamble House Ikebana Exhibition presented by the Gamble House Flower Committee. Ikebana instructor Yumiko Kikkawa and Gamble House docents will lead guests on a 1hr tour of the Gamble House with emphasis on the natural connection between the aesthetics of Charles and Henry Greene and the natural beauty and artistry of Ikebana. Tours will be followed by Ikebana floral arranging demonstrations.

Tour and demonstration: $10 FoGH Members | $25 Non-Members 
Demonstration only: $10

Tour at 11:00 a.m.,
Demonstration at 12:10 p.m.

Tour at 1:00 p.m.,
Demonstration at 2:10 p.m.

Ikebana Dining Room

The flower committee, one of the first committees established at the Gamble House in the 1960’s, has been creating live floral arrangements each week for the Gamble House, something very unique in a museum environment. 

Ikebana was founded in Kyoto, Japan by Buddhist monk Senno in the 15th century. Ikenobo is the oldest discipline taught and for many years Ikenobo arrangements were what docents at the Gamble House studied and created.  

Today, the Gamble House Flower Committee, under the tutelage of instructor Yumiko Kikkawa, studies the Ohara discipline. The Ohara School emphasizes seasonal qualities, natural growth processes, and the beauty of natural environments. The Ohara School also believes that it is important for its students to observe nature. A perfect complement to the Gamble House and the Greene & Greene aesthetic.

Friday, November 3rd at 4:00 p.m.

Noami-HiraharaOn Friday, November 3rd at 4:00pm, Pasadena author Naomi Hirahara will be joining us for a special presentation on the Los Angeles Flower Market and the history of flower growing in Southern California. The presentation will be followed by a brief Q&A and a book signing. Ms. Hirahara’s books “A Scent of Flowers” and “Blood Hina” (part of the Mas Aria mystery series) will be available for purchase at the event.

We will also be hosting a special Haori (kimono jackets) sale, many of them made prior to WWII. Also available this evening will be books relating to Ikebana and a selection of new Ikebana vessels made by local ceramic artist Constance Saxe.

Yumiko Kikkawa Bio

Yumiko Kikkawa currently resides with her family in Arcadia, California teaching over sixty students the art of Japanese Flower Arrangement within the Southern California area. She has studied with the Japanese Ohara School of Flower Arrangement for the past 21 years, which has earned her a Associate 2nd Term Master’s within the Ohara School. Over the past couple of years,Yumiko’s passion for Ikebana has allowed her to teach at numerous venues such as the Arcadia Arboretum, Pasadena Gamble House, Arcadia Recreation Center, and the Downtown Credit Union. She has also done numerous demonstrations and special events for the community as well. Some of the special events she has done include flower arrangements for parties, weddings, business events, fundraising events, and baby showers. 

Naomi Hirahara Bio

Naomi Hirahara, born and raised in Southern California, is the Edgar Award-winning author of the Mas Arai mystery series, which features a Japanese American gardener and atomic-bomb survivor who solves crimes (Summer of the Big Bachi, Gasa-Gasa Girl, Snakeskin Shamisen, Blood Hina and Strawberry Yellow).

 Murder on Bamboo Lane, her new mystery series with a female twentysomething LAPD bicycle cop, was released with Berkley Prime Crime in spring 2014. Her next book, Hiroshima Boy, is scheduled for release March 2018 (Prospect Park Books).

She also has penned a middle-grade novel, 1001 Cranes, which was chosen as an Honor Book for the Youth Literature of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in 2009.

A former editor of the largest Japanese American newspaper in the U.S., she also has released a number of nonfiction works. A number of her short stories have been included in various anthologies.