Ikebana : Japanese Art of Flower Arrangement


      The other day I went to see a big exhibition of ikebana, or Japanese art of flower arrangement, with a friend of mine. The exhibition is quite big in the Chubu region of Japan. 

     Although it seems that Japanese women used to be traditionally schooled ikebana and tea ceremony to prepare for marriage and the friend has learned them for a long time, but I have never done before. That’s why it was the first time to see so many ikebanas at a time.

     The origin of ikebana has much to do with Japanese Buddhism. It’s said it began as a kind of ritual flower offering in the 6th century, and Buddhist priests in Kyoto started and established it as an art in the 14th.

     I had thought it was important for ikebana to create a harmony and a balance of linear construction and a sense of space until going to the exhibition. Yes, the concept of the most of works there was as what I had thought. But the works themselves were completely different from that I had imagined.

      Ikebana that I had imagined for a long time was quite simplified, but the works in front of me in the exhibition overthrew my preconceptions. The artists enjoyed using various flowers and plants and a great variety of things freely as they like to create their own worlds by their own styles.

     Japanese art of flower arrangement transcend preconceived ideas in spite of keeping their main principles, and has developed as a new modern art.







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