~~~ SAN DIEGO WABI STUDY GROUP OF THE OHARA SCHOOL OF IKEBANA ~~~

The San Diego Wabi Study Group of the Ohara School of Ikebana is an outgrowth of the Ohara Ikebana Society of San Diego. The Ohara Ikebana Society was started in the the summer in 2011 when a group of people met and decided to Ohara Ikebana Society of San Diegostart an association of people who were interested in studying the art of ikebana as practiced by the Ohara School of Ikebana. From these meetings, the Ohara Ikebana Society of San Diego was formed. Akiko Bourland, teacher and grandmaster of the Ohara School, was the first president of the society. The society officially started on 1 September 2011. On 1 February 2017, the society became an official study group of the Ohara School of Ikebana—the San Diego Wabi Study Group of the Ohara School of Ikebana.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the study group, please contact us for the membership information. We look forward to seeing you at the study group’s events.

 

~~~ MISSION ~~~

The mission of the San Diego Wabi Study Group of the Ohara School of Ikebana is as follows:

  • Promote, harmonize, and share the friendship and creative art of ikebana.
  • Introduce Japanese flower arrangement techniques and culture as a community service through annual flower shows, demonstrations, and workshops presented by study group members.

~~~ THE MEANING OF THE SAN DIEGO WABI STUDY GROUP’S FLOWER ~~~

The blue hydrangea, the flower of the San Diego Wabi Study Group, represents the study group's desire to promote friendship, tranquility, and harmony among its members. The miniature blossoms of four that are interconnected by small strands and the spherical shape represent the members of the study group working in unity and tranquility. The blue color is associated with calm and tranquility and symbolizes peace, friendship, devotion, understanding, and harmony among study group members. The symbolic meaning of the blue hydrangea thus reinforces and represents the study group’s theme of "tranquility with flowers" and is symbolic of the study group’s name “wabi.” (“Wa” is harmony, peace, and a spirit of unity and "bi" is beauty.)Ohara Ikebana Society of San Diego

The hydrangea was discovered in Japan, and its name is derived from the Greek words for water (hydor) and cask or jug (angos) and refers to the spherical shape of the open flower. Japanese legend relates that the emperor once sent a bouquet of hydrangeas to apologize to the family of a girl he loved--his only recorded apology. The flower has thus come to symbolize earnestness and communicates heartfelt emotions, and it is usually associated with friendship, devotion, perseverance, and understanding.

The hydrangea is also purported to have both medical and magical properties. Native Americans used the root as a diuretic and detoxifier and the bark was used to ease muscle sprains and burns, and it is still used in alternative medicine as a tonic herb. According to folklore, its magical properties come into play when a witch has placed a curse on a man or woman and the hydrangea is used to break the curse.

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