Japanese Ikebana Blooms in Kyiv
Kyiv, March 2, 2012. The exhibition of Japanese flower arrangement style – ikebana – opened in Kyiv at the Ukrainian Center of Culture and Art on March 1, 2012. The exhibition celebrated the traditional Japanese doll festival Hinamatsuri and the 550th anniversary since inception of the Ikenobō School, where students are taught how to create ikebana. In addition, the year of 2012 marks 20 years of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Japan. The collection of flowers and dolls, made by students of both Kyiv and Kyoto, represents the cooperation and camaraderie between the twin-cities.