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The 20th NAOTA Conference    
October 3 - 7, 2022
Toronto, Canada


The Toronto conference is scheduled for October 3 through October 7, 2022. Details will be announced soon.





Headmaster Hiroki Ohara ( photo: 2020 Northwest Flower and Garden Festival )    
Ikebana X Technology:    
Japanese Flower Art Meets Mixed Reality  

For the first time ever, we eyewitnessed a collaboration between technology and Ikebana, a Japanese art. This event took place on February 27, 2020 by invitation from Consul General of Japan in Seattle and sponsored by Ikebana International Seattle chapter. Headmaster Hiroki Ohara created a stage-wide landscape arrangement featuring topography of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Olympus in Washington state. Then Headmaster Ohara put on the Hololens 2 goggles which enabled the superimposition of the natural scenery. He painted designs around his Landscape Ikebana. The audience was amused to see the juxtaposition of Ikebana and cutting edge technology.

On February 29, 2020 Headmaster Ohara gave a demonstration for the Northwestt Flower and Garden Show held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. He created three arrangements in Heika, Rimpa-cho, and Landscape Moribana styles.

Welcome arrangment
Welcome arrangement created by Headmaster Hiroki Ohara
Coraboration of Ikebana & Technlogy Hololense performance   Holorense staff
Ikebana X Technology Landscape intallation     Presenters from left: Grace Sekimitsu (NAOTA president), Mr. Sato (Ohara school team member), Yoshinori Matsuura (Assistant Professor), Masakazu Chiji (Associate Professor), Headmaster Hiroki Ohara and Mr. Yamada (Consul General of Japan, in Seattle)  
Rimpa arrangement     Seattle_heika    

Rimpa-cho Ikebana arrangement         Heika style arrangement    

The North American Ohara Teachers Association (NAOTA) was founded in January 2001 in order to promoto the Ohara School of Ikebana.

We share ideas, techniques, and related information on Ikebana and Japanese art. We host a conference annually that is given by either Ohara professors visiting from Japan or the Grand Masters of NAOTA.

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