The Art of Ikebana

Years ago I was fortunate enough to live in Japan for almost five years. During my time there, I was able to absorb a lot of the culture firsthand to include not only the wonderful food and tea ceremonies but my favorite; the art of Ikebana, Japanese Flower Arranging.
For anyone visiting this site you’ve noticed a love for florals of many kinds from painting to arranging them and an overall love of art in it’s true essence. This was right up my alley and I learned how to create beauty under this intrinsic art form.
Ikebana, originating in the sixth century, deeply rooted in Buddhism and Japan’s ancient polytheism is all about lines and vertical placement of florals, stems, leaves, etc. This art form has specific and linear rules to follow which makes it challenging. Although I’m Christian in faith, I’ve always liked and respected the Buddhist culture and have grown attached to a lot of the simplicity and natural beauty with a special emphasis on Ikebana. For this arrangement what I enjoyed most was the placement of the orange birds of paradise and how the leaves give depth and dimension to the overall work of art with hints of purple sporadically placed.
The triangular position of flower arrangements represent three main elements; the tallest being heaven, lowest earth, and man as the flora between the two.
Simplistic and beautiful. A wonderful theme for any corner of the home.

Copyright © 2003, Original Photography, Writing, Floral Arrangements, and Post by Danielle Pistella. Historical data derived from, “The Rise of Modern Ikebana”, The New York Times (Needleman, 2017)

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