25 Feb Ikebana
Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, is one of the most characteristic and fascinating aspects of Japanese culture. Rosey does not offer classes and so can take no credit for the award received this month by Natsuko, a student in Class 2 who returned to Japan to receive the Junkyoju Nikyu from the “Headmaster” of the revered Ikenobo school, the oldest in Japan. What is more, Natsuko is now also qualified to teach others. This is clearly an important achievement and Natsuko deserves great credit (as her arrangement pictured below clearly demonstrates) but this attachment to “home culture” and mother tongues is also a key aspect of Rosey’s character and its cultural richness and diversity.