Mrs. Noriko Matsudaira, former President of Ikebana International (Tokyo Chapter) conducted a flower arrangement demonstration at The Home and Garden Club (headed by Jacqueline Fakhoury) in cooperation with the Japanese Embassy and Y.W.C.A on May 15, 1984.

Mrs. Hind Al-Sherif Nasser, Mrs. Shizuyo Nakayama, wife of the Japanese Ambassador to Jordan at that time and President of Ikebana International along with a small group of women established a prospective Chapter of Ikebana. Mrs. Nakayama and Mrs. Matsudaira continued their support and encouragement to the establishment and work of the Ikebana Jordan Chapter.

The Jordan Chapter was officially acknowledged in 1988 and was headed by Hind Al-Sherif Nasser. The keen interest and enthusiasm demonstrated by the Ikebana members continue to spread. The ongoing efforts of its presidents, committees and members paved the way for the establishment of the three branches of Ikebana schools: Ikenobo, Ohara, and Sogetsu under the umbrella of Ikebana Jordan Chapter. The Ikebana Chapter of Jordan was host to visiting masters from Japan and other countries where demonstrations, exhibitions and workshops were held. Ikebana the art of flower arrangement has since thrived in Jordan. When the Ikebana was established there were only 12 members but today the Ikebana Chapter has grown considerably and currently has 125 active members.

First Symposium for International Ikebana in the Middle East was held in Amman in 1994. Guest Head Master of Ikenobo School, Imoto Mr. Ikenobo. The Symposium was a mile stone for the beginning of the Ikenobo School.

The First Middle Eastern Regional Conference was also held in Amman on April 17, 2005. With the presence of Ichiyo Head Master of Ikenobo School and Ms. Nakayama I.I. the founding president.

The Jordan Chapter appreciates the continuous support of the Ikebana International Headquarters and the Embassy of Japan in Jordan.

Founding President Hind Al-Sherif Nasser.
  We would like to convey our Jordanian message on the importance of dialogue between different cultures and religions to attain peace and understanding among different people. Ikebana like all other forms of art is an embodiment of a specific image of reality. Let us join together,
guided by our common love of nature and harmony to make our world a better one.

Founding Committee of Jordan Chapter 226.  
Hind Al-Sherif Nasser, Shizuyo Nakayama, Youla Jehshan, Violette Habibi, Rose Mouasher, Aida Dajani, Aida Kattan, Diana Baddour, Nina Farradj and Salwa Shuwehat, Muna Sweiss.  

Ladies who assisted and supported the Ikebana activities

Laila Qubeisi, Rose Louza, Najwa Karadsheh, Jacqueline Fakhoury

Presidents of the International Ikebana of Jordan Chapter 226, from 1988 until 2008.  
Wafa Kawas, Huda Fallaha, Hind Al-Sherif Nasser, Violet Habibi, Ableh Kawar, Hind Shalan, Muna Sweiss, Fatina Kabariti, Bassima Ghawi, Aida Dajani, Majeda Moushar
and Rose Moushar.

Inauguration of the Japanese Garden in Amman on July 20, 2010.

The Mayor of Amman, Mr. Omar Maani and Japanese Ambassador to Jordan, Tetsuo Shioguchi, attend the inauguration ceremony of the Japanese Garden located in Abdoun district the Western Amman area of Abdoun. Located on a three-dunum land, the garden is designed and supervised by Japanese expert Mr.Yushi Yuki Fukudda. The garden's elements consist of rocks, plants and bridges, rocky fall and pond taken from local rocks and stones gathered from the Dead Sea, Mafraq, Petra, and Karak. A variety of local plants were also selected for the garden. A special place has been allocated for the making of tea. The Japanese garden will surely enrich the cultural diversity of the city. The garden is funded by the Commemorative Organization for the Japan World Exposition '70, the Greater Amman Municipality, Ikebana International, JICA and JT International (Jordan) Limited.





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