【Culture】Ikebana, the flower Arrangement2015.08.14


Ikebana,” a Japanese art, is a Japanese flower arrangement. If you see those beautiful works, you might be interested in it.

It is also called “Kado“and it has a lot of schools. For example, “Ikenobo,” “Ohararyu,” “Sougetsu,” and so on.

Ikenobo” has 3 styles, which are “Rikka,” “Shoka,” and “Jiyuka.” ”Rikka” is a the oldest style since Muromachi era (from the 14th century to the middle of the 19th century) and expresses harmony of the trees and plants. “Shoka” is a simple style since to be created Edo era (from the 17th century to the middle of the 16th century) and expresses individuality of the trees and plants. “Jiyuka” is a the latest style since the beginning of Meiji era ( the middle of the 19th century) and expresses the trees and plants without any inhibitions.

Ohararyu” has some styles such as “Moribana,” “Heika.” Japanese use a pin holder called “Kenzan” in “Moribana.” They stick flowers into the pins in a flat vase and use a normal vase in “Heika.” They decorate flowers called ‘cut flowers’ in a vase. “Sogetsu” does not have a fixed stile. They decorate flowers in any flower vases and use any materials and express our own characters by decorating flowers. This school is very familiar “Ikebana.”

In Japanese, there is an expression “WABI-SABI.” It is very difficult to express the meaning of it in English. It suffices to say that “WABI” means ‘Something simple’ and in “Kado” and, it means ‘Beauty from simplicity.’ “SABI” means ‘the beauty from serenity that comes with age.’

You may explore “WABI-SABI” in “Ikebana“?


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