AT my Saga ikebana class today we continued to do moribana landscapes, each one is based on a location in the different temperate zones from nothern to southern Japan. Today’s landscape is supposed to depict a view from a river gorge bank across the rushing waters to the other side. Cherry branches, asters, wild rose foliage and solidago are used to show each side of the banks, materials are placed lower in the foreground to see the water flowing thru. The three hour class went by so fast, this lesson was so contemplative so I didn’t feel the need to rush to get finished. It’s getting easier to understand the concepts behind the classical ikebana of the Saga School, and to beginning to think about how I can apply feelings of contemplation to my comtemporary Sogetsu School ikebana arrangments.