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What is Ikebana?

Japanese flower arrangements are for pure delight and enjoyment and are never judged

Japanese flower arrangements are for pure delight and enjoyment and are never judged

Ikebana is the art of Japanese flower arranging.  It can be traced back to the Japanese Shinto worship of nature and the Chinese Buddhist tradition of placing flowers on the altar to Buddha.  Gradually, this custom filtered down to the people and, in modern times, has lost much of its religious significance. However, the ancient discipline of rules and forms is still observed today in a traditional ikebana arrangement.  An ikebana arrangement will usually form some type of asymmetrical triangle.

 

Materials may include leaves, branches, mosses, fruit and vegetables as well as flowers in all their evolving forms.  Space between materials and the asymmetry of the design is important to the creation of an ikebana arrangement.