KARACHI: Consulate General of Japan at Karachi and Ikebana International, Karachi Chapter coorganized ikebana Japanese art of flower arrangement workshop on Monday and Tuesday at the Japan Information and Culture Center on the occasion of a world-famous ikebana master from Singapore, Christopher Lim’s visit to Karachi.
During this two-day workshop, around 40 members of Ikebana International, Karachi Chapter participated in the program and enhanced their skills through sessions of ikebana workshop guided by Lim.
Akira Ouchi, Consul General of Japan in Karachi, in his opening speech stated that today, ikebana is an internationally renowned art which is practiced and appreciated by people all around the world, and expressed his delight in seeing ikebana attracting admiration among people from every walk of life in Pakistan. He emphasized that ikebana is an art which connects people and nature, and both Japanese and Pakistani people share such common cultural values.
Ouchi concluded his speech by stating that the Consulate General of Japan at Karachi will continue to cooperate with the Japanese cultural organizations, including Ikebana International, Karachi Chapter to conduct activities to introduce Japanese culture to the people in Pakistan, including the traditional art of ikebana, thereby promoting mutual understanding between Japan and Pakistan.
Under the organization’s motto “Friendship through flowers”, Ikebana International, Karachi Chapter has been dedicating to the promotion and appreciation of ikebana in Pakistan since its foundation in 1959. Ikebana International has now spread to over 60 countries, with 165 chapters.