Flower arrangement lecture, workshop set

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WALLA WALLA -- A leading teacher of the art of Japanese flower arrangement will give a lecture Thursday at Whitman College.

Yabe Keishu, a teacher in the Sogetsu School of Flower, will give speak at 2:30 p.m. in the school's Japanese tea room at Olin Hall East. She will be joined by Sawada Ikune, a bonsai specialist, artist and antique dealer who lives in Walla Walla.

Yabe is president of the Kyoto Branch of the Sogetsu School of Flower and serves as one of the leading teachers at the Sogetsu Headquarters in Tokyo. Along with her teaching, she has been commissioned to provide arrangements in temples, shrines, museums and public spaces throughout Japan.

The visit is being coordinated by Professor Akira Takemoto, chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Whitman College. The program is being sponsored by the Program in Asian Studies and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Yabe's arrangements and Sawada's vases will be on display from Thursday to approximately next Wednesday. People are asked to e-mail Seanacey Pierce with the Associated Kyoto Program for visiting hours.

In addition to her lecture, Yabe has also agreed to provide a workshop from 3-5:30 p.m. Friday, also at Olin Hall. Because of limited space, people are asked to reserve a seat by e-mailing Pierce as soon as possible, Takemoto said. There will be no fee, but all participants are asked to bring their favorite vases or containers and their own flowers, branches and vegetation.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318. Check out his blog at blogs.ublabs.org/randomthoughts.

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