What is Ikebana?
In the Japanese art of flower arrangement – Ikebana – flowers and branches are arranged in flat dishes or vases. However, there is much more to Ikebana than just arranging flowers:
- Learning to observe
- Finding tranquility
- Enjoying the beauty of nature
- Taking time to create a living work of art
- Creating something new each time
- Developing one's personality
- International friendship through flowers
Ikebana – Japanese floral art
Ikebana is a work of art based on nature. With the fine lines of swaying grasses, a gnarled pine branch or a blossoming lily, we can represent the diversity of nature which we encounter on a daily basis. One does not need a whole tree to show the delicateness of cherry blossom, one branch is sufficient. If the leaves and flowers on this one branch are given enough space, their whole beauty and character can be revealed. In an ikebana arrangement, these should all be combined to form a harmonious work of art.
The soul of any arrangement which radiates tranquility and stimulates observation is harmony. Ikebana is a pathway which expresses not only the coming into being of nature but also its fading away again. Nothing is everlasting in the Japanese art of flowers since nature and life are continuously undergoing change.
The art of ikebana continues to develop all the time. Modern, sometimes very abstract arrangements have claimed their place alongside the traditional forms which have been pleasing the eye of the observer for over a thousand years. The many different ikebana schools teach various styles but the basic principles of the art of ikebana remain the same for all of them.