Tsuge Ikebana: Bent Dublin with Plateau (N) (6mm)

Product Number: 002-623-4411

Wow. Ok, show of hands, please. How many here have ever seen an "N" Grade Ikebana in person? (Not so fast. Bear). Prior to Sykes most recent return from the Land of the Rising Sun, the highest grade of Ikebana that I have ever beheld was a "K". Thinking back, as I was evaluating the K (ok, fine, I was drooling under the clever guise of evaluation) I was so struck by the shape and grain that my imagination developed something of a sprained ankle, trying to do the mental hurdles to arrive at what an N Grade might look like. Today, years later, I have finally found out.

The shape is extraordinarily well done and revels in the Danish/Nihon fusion aesthetic that has been a signature of Fukuda-san since the late 60s. The unpretentious sense of the natural that stirs to life within the undulation of the rim, morphs into an homage to Danish neoclassicism as we move down the bowl, and through the graceful arc of the shank and bit. Marvelous? Sure, but I encountered its equal in somewhat lower grade Ikebanas. So, to answer the musical question I asked many years back, "What makes an 'N' Grade?", it seems that I can modify a political catch phrase from a bygone era; "It's the grain, stupid!". As an aside, Sykes once told me that he has actually seen a 'W' Grade in Tokyo. We can stop right there. Bad things happen when you try to cram ten gallons of wonder and speculation into a shot-glass of a brain.

--R. 'Bear' Graves
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.26 in./159.00 mm.
  • Weight: 3.40 oz./96.39 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.43 in./61.72 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.91 in./48.51 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.83 in./21.08 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.93 in./49.02 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: 6mm
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan

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