What is Ikebana ? If you are not familiar with Ikebana, following information MAY help you understand what it is:
Ikebana is a Japanese traditional floral art and also known as Kado that is a very official way of expression meaning Ikebana. Ikebana is a very profound floral art which is now popular not only in Japan but also in many foreign countries where we can find very enthusiastic fans who are working on Ikebana.
According to the reliable information source, it looks like the history of Japanese Ikebana goes back to the Heian Period (that began in 794 AD). Therefore the art of Ikebana has a long history and it MAY have been evolving for approximately 1200 years. It is said that Ikebana began when Buddhist monks offered flowers before the altar of the deceased. Namely like flowers displayed in front of the altar of Christian church, flowers were displayed at Buddhist temples. As for the origin of Ikebana, there are several opinions and it is a little bit difficult to find out what is true. Although the truth of the origin of Ikebana is unknown, some people say that the culture of Ikebana arrangement was originally brought to Japan from China by Buddhist monks.
According to Ikebana concept, natural plants and flowers represent the earth, heaven and human. And this thought is expressed in a well balanced floral arrangement. Also the beauty and venerableness of people's life are said to be expressed in the form of flowers and plants.
There are various styles in Ikebana arrangement and they form official groups, each of which follows the same style of arrangement. Further, there have been so many floral artists who span out from such groups and established new groups. Therefore including original styles PLUS their derivatives, we can find uncountable number of styles, groups and schools in the Ikebana world. Although the name of each group is different, all the groups follows the same spirit and concept of Ikebana.
When it comes to flower arranging method, Ikebana artists often use what is called Kenzan
that are mandatory items for Ikebana. The role of Kenzan is similar to floral foam ("Oasis) used for regular flower arrangement and the role of Suiban is a vase used for European arrangement although their shape is quite different each other. Historically Japanese women from a decent family learned Ikebana not only for earning skills of flower arranging but also earning a good manner and etiquette through a lesson of Ikebana. Therefore it has been said that Ikebana is learned as part of young women's training to prepare for a married life in Japan. Incidentally we can find the same concept in learning Japanese Tea Ceremony called "Sado".
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Ikebana classes are offered every week not only on weekdays but also on the weekend. For people who are busy, Weekend Class
and Evening Class
are recommended. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is YouTube video introducing Ikebana Show at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, March 16-17, 2013. Video source is Ray Mosteller