Ikebana X Technology

Hello again.

The world has changed so much since I last posted a blog.  I really hope you are safe.

I stopped writing my blog because I got so busy preparing for one event that occurred on February 27. And soon after the event was over, this “coronavirus” arrived.  It took me another month or so to reorient myself.

With so many events canceled, with so many uncertainties around, , the mission of Five Senses Foundation still stands.  So here I am again, to share with you Japan’s traditions in today’s lifestyle.

Microsoft Japan has just posted a video, with introduction below:

Ohara School of Ikebana, Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle, Ikebana International, Nangok R Studio and Microsoft Japan have worked on a project “IKEBANA x TECHNOLOGY”, which combines Japanese traditional culture Ikebana with state-of-the-art technology Mixed Reality to realize new expression methods and appreciation experiences of traditional culture. On February 27, 2020, the project hosted the world’s first ikebana demonstration event using the Mixed Reality device HoloLens 2 in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Yes, this is the very event that kept me so busy.  As a member of Ikebana International Seattle Chapter, I was involved in this project from the very beginning.  In this video, Consul General Yamada mentioned he was so excited to see Hololens demonstration in 2018.  It was September 21.  I was with him on that day and I remember being so excited as well.

I hope you enjoy the video interview and also the full video.

Video Interview

Full Event

Tradition doesn’t mean continuing the same thing.  Only constant innovation will create tradition of future.  This project is a great example.

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