2013 Nov Renrin Katen
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He is Mr. Sakai who runs an Ikebana class, 蓮林 (renrin), in Kyoto. This Ikebana exhibit couldn't be there without him. He engaged in almost all aspects of the exhibit and all Ikebana pieces in the exhibit. He is a handsome charming guy but he looks a bit serious and tired in the photos I took on the day. He left the place after midnight a day before the exhibit.

He put the following card next to his Ikebana piece and I think his view toward Ikebana as an art was concisely summed up in this cryptic short message on the card. My interpretation of his message is "An Ikebana piece (花) and the person who produced it (人) are two sides of the same coin (one side reflects another and vice versa)". He was pointing out that the relationship between them were bi-directional (dialogue) not uni-directional (monologue).

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