By: L.N. Reklai

April 22, 2017 (Koror, Palau) For the 3rd year, many local residents are able to learn from one of the famous Japanese Ikebana experts Sensei Koen Yokoi the delicate traditional Japanese art of floral arrangement.


This Earth Day week, many were able to attend a workshop free of charge and participate in a contest on this floral arrangement tradition with the theme of “Family & Peace”.

Winning for the first time in this year’s contest was Mrs. Moros, who tried her hand at Ikebana arrangement for the very first time.

“This is the first time I’ve ever tried this.  I didn’t even attend the workshop,” expressed a happy contest winner Mrs. Moros.

Most of the contestants were first timers and many expressed pleasure at getting involved in something that they’ve not done before.

As a grand finale, Sensei Yokoi gave a demonstration of her Ikebana skills by putting together a huge arrangement using branches of trees discarded by road crew and merging Japanese cherry blossoms or sakura with the red nanyo sakura known as Palauan sakura to showcase the important relationship between the two.

“It has been a dream of mine to create a sakura arrangement in Palau but each of the times I’ve been here before, the Palau sakura was not in bloom until now..This is a dream come true for me.,” expressed Sensei Yokoi to the crowd at the Sunday presentation.

The Ikebana event is brought to Palau each year by Belau Tourism Association and Japan Embassy in Palau as means of introducing a unique art form that Palau can benefit from as well as a goodwill promotion between Japan and Palau. [/restrict]