The art of Japanese flower arranging will be on display Jan. 28-29 when the Sun Cities Chapter 167 of Ikebana International invites the public to view the work of its members.  The exhibit will be  open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at Fountain of Life Lutheran Church, 15630 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City.  Demonstrations by a master teacher will be at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on both days. Admission is free.

Ikebana is an ancient art that began around the sixth century when Buddhist priests arranged flowers as offerings in temples. Over time, strict rules were developed for the form and shape of these arrangements.

Later,  members of the nobility in Japan took up flower arranging as a social grace, much like the art of the tea ceremony. 

After WWII, when United States military were stationed in Japan, many military spouses took up Ikebana and brought the art back with them.

Today this hobby is enjoyed by thousands of people around the world.

Visitors to the exhibit may notice the absence of prize ribbons or trophies of any kind.  Ikebana is not done competitively, but rather each arrangement is to be appreciated for its own grace and beauty.

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