The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan, is proud to present Blossoming Flowers in Japanese Art and Poetry. This exhibition showcases the artistic talents of DC-area students alongside official reproductions of art from the Embassy's private collection and hand-selected haikus. As part of the 2023 National Cherry Blossom Festival, this unique collaboration highlights the “blooming” creativity of students when drawing inspiration from the symbolism of flowers in Japanese art and poetry.
As the cherry blossoms bloom across DC, they signal a new beginning. We admire them as they frame our landmarks and decorate the streets with cascading shades of pink and white, momentarily transforming the landscape. Through this brief existence, cherry blossoms exemplify the Japanese philosophy of ichigo-ichie. This exhibit hopes to show that even through the impermanence of the season’s most famed flowers, strong community ties can flourish.
Celebrate the opening of this two-month exhibition by coming to the ikebana demonstration lead by David Komeiji of the Ikebana Saga Goryū-North America Branch on the 23rd of March (separate registration required, more information here).
The exhibition is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run from March 17 through May 5 and will be open to the public during normal JICC hours, 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday.