Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement)
Update: 23 February 2017
Here we introduce one of the traditional Japanese art forms: ikebana.
What is ikebana?
Ikebana focuses on arranging flowers and plants together in a decorative way that observers of the arrangement will find aesthetically appealing. The act itself is carried out in different ways depending on the style and technique being used.
History of ikebana
Ikebana is said to originate from the custom of flower offerings, which started when Buddhism entered Japan. Once it was established as a type of flower arrangement, it became a wildly popular among the masses. Simultaneously, many experts and masters were born, and the designs, carefully selected materials, and craftsmanship of the time are still learned today.
Features of ikebana
Its most distinctive feature is its use of a wide array of materials including beautiful blooming flowers, branches, stems, leaves, and mosses that are arranged in visually appealing ways. You put a needle called a kenzan (literally, "sword mountain") into containers of various shapes, and place flowers into them.
Ikebana presentation style
The key point is to express the beauty of flowers by arranging them without precise symmetry, highlighting their natural form and substance. In order to emphasize the vivid color and spirit of the arrangement, it can be a good idea to slightly bend the shape of your arrangement. As you focus on the heart and theme of your piece, create a three dimensional display that carries depth through your use of the available space.
How to experience ikebana
You can experience this art form at ikebana workshops or at the local culture center. There are many opportunities for tourists to easily participate in some of these activities, so be sure to research what is going on near you.
*This information is from the time of this article's publication.