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    A Touch of Spring at the Kitano Hotel

    • Mar 20, 2017

    • By:Dana Jarvis

    Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 1.53.49 PMThe Kitano Hotel in New York City will be featuring a beautiful exhibit to help push away the winter blues and bounce into the sunny spring season. The exhibit will include 23 floral creations created by Noritaka Noda, a local artist and teacher, who studied graphic design in Japan and the U.S. Noda was inspired by the use of dry flowers in his projects, which eventually led to the use of living vegetation.

    The array of flowers will include different collections of peach blossoms, cherry blossoms, tulips, hyacinths and anemones for all the fans of perennial plants and a day of peaceful observance. Ikebana art has been practiced for over 600 years and originated in Kyoto as a Buddhist floral offering. The style quickly became popular and spread throughout the world.

    Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 1.53.59 PMThe arrangements will be on display on March 23-35 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and March 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A Touch of Spring at The Kitano Hotel: Spring Ikebana Exhibition is open to the public, and attendees are welcome to preview the collections on the first floor lobby and encouraged to visit the second floor mezzanine to take in more of the fresh and colorful scenery.

    The event will also give tourists a chance to stay overnight or for a long weekend at the Kitano Hotel and enjoy the ambiance of Noda’s creations in the lobby as they come and go. There are about 50 Ikebana chapters in the United States and the NYC Chapter is celebrating their 31st Anniversary this year.

    For those who are familiar with Ikebana, this exhibit is a chance to be immersed in Japanese culture and those experiencing Ikebana for the first time the flowers are sure to shake you of that damp winter weather. For more information, please visit the Kitano Hotel’s website.