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Tradition of the Japanese art of arranging flowers

Ikebana is an art from the East, mainly from Japan, in which it was initially used to make floral compositions to be offered to the gods in Buddhist temples, around the sixth century after Christ, a period in which Buddhism penetrated the island . The first style used was the Rikka (it included seven different elements, later a simpler style was developed such as the Nageire, followed in turn by the Seika. Subsequently this was transformed into a real art, schools were born that decided to use one different style with the addition of elements such as stones, vases different from the traditional ones, dry and other purely natural elements. These schools are now duffuse all over the world (and some of these are based in the main Italian cities such as Rome,

Ikebana schools


From the art of composing flowers, different artistic schools were born that adopt different styles, the most widespread schools are mainly three: Ikenobo, Ohara and Sogetsu. Ikenobo is the oldest school of this art (dating back to the fifteenth century) which over time has adopted various styles including the Rikka, the Nageire and the last, the freestyle, which can range from the most naturalistic tastes to those more abstract, falling within the “target” of modern art; the Ohara school, dating back to the nineteenth century, adopts the Moriban style in harmony with the landscape; the compositions are placed in large shallow containers. The latest school, Sogetsu, has a simple style, reproducible in any place, at any time and with any material and adaptable to any context, both Eastern and Western.

Japanese floral compositions, a gift idea


Thanks to the simplicity and elegance, floral compositions are very popular gifts for any occasion, the even more beautiful thing is that you can buy them online with home delivery at prices included between 30 and 40 $ or produce them at home following online courses. or attending specialized schools at very moderate prices as many styles involve the use of any object that can range from branches, seeds, flowers or stones depending on the meaning you want to give to the composition and if necessary. The principles governing floral composition vary from East to West, Westerners are based on color, shape and quantity of flowers, while Eastern branches and leaves have the same dignity, so it is very important to distinguish the needs of the recipient.

Japanese Art Flowers: Flower Arrangements Meanings


At the base of the art of ikebana there is a profound symbolism, in fact the three main elements that support the composition represent Heaven, Man and Earth. The most important element is the Sky which forms the axis of the whole composition and for this reason it must be a very robust and imposing element. Next to the primary symbol we find the secondary one, that is the Man, who must give the impression of pushing the primary element forward, must be lower than the latter (about two thirds compared to the first element) and tend to have to bend to the outside; and finally the last element, the tertiary one is the Earth, the shorter than the previous ones and positioned in front of these elements or on their opposite side.

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