Even though the northeastern United States does not grow tropical materials, it is still important for the ikebana student to be able to work with tropical materials. Some masters of ikebana may be asked to do demonstrations or conduct workshops all over the world. So, learning how to work with materials that come from different climates is an essential part of the training curriculum.
Comparing last months summer arrangements with the arrangements in this post, one can sense the difference in the feel of the arrangements. This is expected, but in the end, the experience should be the same in that the viewer is lifted out of themselves into the all-inclusive beauty of the display opening up their understanding of the world we live in.
David Williams: I've been practicing Ichiyo Ikebana since 2012 and received my Associate Master certificate on 9-19-21.