Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Teachers Certificate

In June this year I had my first teacher's exam for the Sogetsu School of ikebana. Yesterday I finally got the certificate issued by the present iemoto (headmaster) Akane Teshigahara. What can I say - it was worth waiting for.

As you can see my new teachers name is Senju. I don't really know what it means, so if any of you that know Japanese have thoughts on the interpretation of the name I would appreciate a comment. Thanks!


nordic lotus said...

I have got some good help from ikebana enthusiasts on Facebook. This is what they have suggested:
泉樹 is the standardized kanji for my flower name. The name written on the certificate is semiformal script. "Sen" 泉 can be translated as a spring or source of water, or a fountain head. "Ju" 樹 means tree or upright. The combination could be "a tree planted by the spring of water" or "upstanding source of water".
From before I have also heard that one translation of the name would be "Thousand hands", like in the Buddhistic sculptures.
Thank you so much for helping out. Now that I know some aspects of the meaning of my name I love it. I'm still interested in hearing from you if anyone has other interpretations.

Shoso said...


Keith said...

Congratulations on your big accomplishment! It is a wonderful achievement!


Congrads to you from me. Enjoy ikebana. It is nice to follow your work and that you will share it with us. Kindest regards, Desiree

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