Floristry and Art go hand in hand

Dschkrutz By Dschkrutz, 16th Jul 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Ikebana is the traditional flower arrangement which is conducted in Japan. After reading this article you might change your mind about your local florist.

Flower arrangements

Ikebana is a traditional Japanese flower arrangement, translated to mean 'flowers kept alive.' This complex process traces back to the fifteenth century, when Buddhist priest Ikenobo Senkei created the rikka, or standing flower style. Ikenobo was a priest at the Rokkakudo Temple in Kyoto where he was most skilled in flower arrangement. His talent was such that the other priest sought him out to teach them his skills. The beautiful arrangements represent nature at its finest, and speak of the beauty found in everything natural. The rikka style consisted of seven branches which represent hills, waterfalls, and valleys arranged in a particular fashion. Centuries later, the rikka style transformed into the seika or shoka style, which uses only three branches to represent heaven, earth, and man.
The Ikebana flower arrangement was originally conceived with the purpose of offering the beautiful piece to the spirits of the dead. However, this ritual later transformed into an art discipline, separate from any religious origins. However, the flower arrangements still have symbolic meaning of philosophical beliefs.
The most beautiful flower arrangements according to Japanese culture and tradition have no more than three elements. Furthermore, at least two of the elements are the same, but never is it considered beautiful when all three elements are different.


Flower Arrangement, Japan, Tokyo

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