Ikebana is the Japanese Art of Flower Arrangement.
It is a disciplined art form where the arrangement is a living thing in which nature and humanity are brought together. It is steeped in the philosophy of developing closeness with nature.
As is true of all other arts, Ikebana is creative expression within certain rules of construction. Its materials are living branches, leaves, grasses, and blossoms, anything can be used and even a small weed can be given an important place in an arrangement…
Its heart is the beauty resulting from color combinations, natural shapes, graceful lines and the meaning latent in the total form of the arrangement. Ikebana is, therefore, much more than mere floral decoration.
In Ikebana, empty space plays an essential part of any arrangement. The elements, placed asymmetrically, are given emphasis by the spaces. Thus, the totality of a well-done arrangement brings about a state of serenity and peace to the viewer.
It helps you to appreciate things in nature that previously had seemed insignificant. The ephemeral side of Ikebana helps us to not become attached to the material creation; but rather to love and to respect it in the real moment of its existence.
Together with some flowers, leaves, a vase and our inner being, we achieve silence and harmony between Nature and ourselves. This is the true philosophy of Ikebana
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