Ashgabat residents got acquainted with traditional Japanese culture

Ashgabat residents got acquainted with traditional Japanese culture

In honor of a birthday of Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, a demonstration of traditional arts of the land of the rising sun was held in the “Berkarar” Shopping and Entertainment Center.

Professor Yamada Midori acquainted Ashgabat residents with an ancient Japanese tradition of creating an ikebana, and also presented various types of kimonos from her personal collection.

It bears mentioning that for 10 years Yamada Midori has been popularizing Japanese culture in Russia and the CIS countries.

This time, she made various types of flower compositions that can serve as a gift for a celebration or decorate any interior.

In Japan, the creation of ikebana has a certain meaning – it is not for a reason that this art is called “the second birth of flowers”. According to the professor, the flower composition is so symbolic that the combination of its elements can be read as a poem or a wish.

Midori Yamada shared with all the nuances of ikebana creation, from choosing shape and color of vases, story, and ending with lighting and a place to house the composition.

The art of ikebana, in addition to professional knowledge, which is taught for several years, requires a special ability to find refined facets of the beauty for creating a harmonious bouquet. Perhaps that is why admiring a flower arrangement is equated with spiritual meditation.

Ms. Midori brought along a collection of Japanese national kimono costumes, which she presented to the Ashgabat public. Among them are attires, designed as for young girls so for married ladies or older women.

The traditional kimono is made by hand from silk, and patterns and color change depending on a season and an event’s nature. One attire requires about 12 meters of fabric.

The audience closely overwatched what was occurring and even after the end of the demonstration did not want to let the professor go, asking questions about Japanese culture.

Aina BERDYEVA