There has been an exhibition of Ikebana, or the Japanese art of flower arrangement, at Matsuzakaya, the department store in Nagoya. I went see it with two of my friends because my tai chi teacher’s piece was displayed there last Wednesday.
Since I’ve never learned Ikebana, I don’t know exactly what the differences among those schools are, but I’ve heard that Ohara-ryu is kind of simpler as compared with some of others which tend to show fancy.
It’s said that Ikebana originates from offering flowers on Buddhist altars in ancient times, but that it has begun as an art in the 15th century.
To be honest, I don’t like such a formal world with strict rules and hierarchies, but I appreciated the exhibition.
It was a kind of mysterious universe; quietness and loudness, small and big, wildflowers and imported products, Japanese pottery and Western glassware, tradition and innovation…Each exhibitor expressed their own feelings freely with their school methods.