One of the highlights of the Ikebana year, is to be asked by the Japanese consulate to create an ikebana arrangement to help celebrate the Emperor’s birthday. The current Consul General, Mr. Okada, has requested that all five schools make one arrangement each to decorate a corridor at the reception venue. Prior to his tenure, each school took turns yearly in displaying an arrangement. I decided on using large pieces of bamboo, as well as some fresh branches from my garden. Red aranda orchids were used, as well as some red callas and Fatsia japonica leaves.