Here we introduce one of the traditional Japanese art forms: ikebana.
What is Ikebana?
Ikebana is the arranging of flowers and other plants together in a decorative and aesthetically appealing way. 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
The most distinctive feature of ikebana is the use of a wide array of materials including beautiful blooming flowers, branches, stems, leaves, and mosses that are arranged in visually appealing ways. A needle called a kenzan (literally, "sword mountain") is placed into containers of various shapes, inside which flowers are placed.
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.