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Japan Portraits: Shuho Hananofu – Ikebana Master

Around December last year I did a little photo portrait project with the wonderful folks at Kyoto Journal, centering around profiling entrepreneurial women in Kyoto. Here’s one of the amazing ladies that I photographed, which incidentally made the cover of Kyoto Journal issue 89, a very handsome magazine which is available now.

Here is an excerpt from the very top of the article, written by the talented Elle Murrell, one of the most fun writers I’ve ever had the privilege of working with:

“Hananofu Shuho is an ikebana master who was in charge of flower study section at Jisho-ji, better known as Ginkakuji, the ‘Silver Pavilion’ – one of Kyoto’s most famous temples – for 10 years. Since leaving the Center for Cultural Studies (Jisho-ji Kenshu dojo) there in 2015, she continues teaching her art form, leading several classes per month in Kyoto, Tokyo and Kyushu. Her students come from all over Japan and even from China for these intimate sessions.’

I’ve seen Shuho-san do ikebana performances on several occasions, and I’m always struck by the poise and grace with which she pieces together the incredible flower arrangements that she is famous for. If you’re interested in learning from this master, she teaches at least once a month in Tokyo’s Mishuku neighborhood – I’m not sure where you can make inquiries to, but Google-sensei will probably have some answers.

Anyway here are some outtakes and the cover for you to look at! All photos shot with the Hasselblad H5D-40.

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