Ikebana Flower Arrangement
Ikebana, which means "livingflowers" or “flowers kept alive”, isthe Japanese art of flower arrangement, also known askad
(the "way of flowers"). It isa much complex way of flower arrangement, compared to theusual and people who want to doIkebana have to learn manythings. It is not just about puttingflowers in a vase. Japaneseflower arrangements often havespecial meanings.There are many ways in whichIkebana can be taught. Schoolswhich teach ikebana includesIkenobo, Sogetsu, and Ohara.
(Left bottom) Moribana Basic Upright;
Round suiban ;
Acer palmatum 'Senkaki',Chrysanthemums
Ikenobo is very well known. Untilthe 1930s it was only for upper class people. Ikenobo wasstarted by a Buddhist priestcalled Ikenobo Senkei in the 15thcentury. It uses standing flowers(called "rikka"). It is a Buddhistway of showing the beauty of nature. There are 7 branches.Each branch representssomething in nature, e.g. a hill,valley, waterfall etc. Later, in the17th century, it became simpler and was called "shoka". Shokauses just 3 branches called "ten" (heaven), "chi" (earth) and "jin" (man).Another form of Ikebana is called "nageire". It is used in tea ceremony.