Sunday, May 25, 2008

Ikebana - Japanese Flower Arranging

Ikebana means arranged flower. Another name is kadō. Kado means way of the flower. It has been an art form in Japan for over 600 years. And it is based on the Buddhist ritual of offering flowers to the spirits of the dead. The container is an important element of Ikebana. Ikebana is made based on the scalene triangle and uses three main points. These are usually twigs. The twigs are sometimes thought to symbolize heaven, earth, and man. Other Ikebana groups think they represent the sun, moon and earth. Unlike in western flower arranging, Ikebana usually only has a small amount of blossoms.
It is not easy either. It looks so simple but i tried it in 2006 when i was here. And to get the stems perfect takes actual skill. I always thought it was not such a big deal but there really is alot of skill involved. And it was interesting that everytime i put one of the stems in the container, the japanese helpers had to come and fix it for me. I guess i am not meant to be a great Ikebanaist. Is that even a word????

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