Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arrangement
by womess
Nov 08, 2020 | 15931 views | 0 0 comments | 1528 1528 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

The Japanese have a different way of looking at flower arrangement. While Westerners tend to emphasize the beauty of the blossoms, the Japanese in practising 'Ikebana' (lit. "living flowers"), or 'Kado' (lit. "way of the flowers"), tend to include the linear aspects of the arrangement. They attempt to create a harmonisation of linear contruction, rythmn and colour. They not only to include the blossoms, but the leaves, stems, and branches as well. The structure of the composition is a metaphor for three main points that represent heaven, earth, and mankind.

There are many different schools of Ikebana, and the art can take up to five years to learn proficiently. Among the most common styles are the rikkuseika or shoka (living flowers), and nageire (flung flowers) styles when making arrangements in bowl-shaped vases and the moribana (piled-up flowers) style when using dish-like containers, identify it with plant identifier app.

Ikebana were tradionally seen in the 'tokonama' (the alcove in the home in which guests were ucually received), and today they can be seen in the lobbies of large buildings, and also shop windows.

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