Ikebana is known as the Japanese art form of flower arrangement. It is a disciplined art form in which the arrangement is a living thing where nature and humanity are brought together. Ikebana is also very steeped in the philosophy of developing closeness with nature. Its materials are living branches and its heart is the beauty resulting from graceful form. Ikebana is, therefore, so much more than mere floral decoration.
 
 

 

Ikebana is known as the Japanese art form of flower arrangement. It is a disciplined art form in which the arrangement is a living thing where nature and humanity are brought together. Ikebana is also very steeped in the philosophy of developing closeness with nature. Its materials are living branches and its heart is the beauty resulting from graceful form. Ikebana is, therefore, so much more than mere floral decoration.
 
 

 

HISTORY

Ikebana developed from the Buddhist ritual of offering flowers to the spirits of the dead and has been practiced for more than 600 years. The beginning of ikebana can be traced to the 6th century introduction of Buddhism to the Japanese.

EVOLUTION

Patterns and styles evolved so that by the late fifteenth century, arrangements were common enough that they were appreciated by ordinary people, not just the imperial family and its retainers. Thus began the development of an art form with fixed requirements.

EVOLUTION

Patterns and styles evolved so that by the late fifteenth century, arrangements were common enough that they were appreciated by ordinary people, not just the imperial family and its retainers. Thus began the development of an art form with fixed requirements.

PRINCIPLES

Ikebana is an art form that is also often associated with meditative qualities. Creating an arrangement is supposed to be done in silence to allow the designer to observe and meditate on the beauty of nature and gain inner peace.

AESTHETICS

There are nine basic principles that underlie Japanese art and culture. They’re called aesthetics — concepts that answer the question: what is art? The modern study of Japanese aesthetics started a little over two hundred years ago in the West.

AESTHETICS

There are nine basic principles that underlie Japanese art and culture. They’re called aesthetics — concepts that answer the question: what is art? The modern study of Japanese aesthetics started a little over two hundred years ago in the West.