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Art of flower arrangement

About art of flower arrangement

Flower arrangement Flower arrangement is a art of Japanese origin.
Flowers, grasses or trees are used, and a work is made by combining them.

In Japanese it is called "ikebana" or "kadou".
"Ikebana" means simply "arranging flowers in a vase". But "kadou" means "way of flower arranging", so it has a meaning of training.

Flower arrangement was established by Buddhist monks in Kyoto around the 15th century.
After this it was spread in among from upper class people to common people, and many schools were born.
In the 19th century, it was introduced to Europe.

Types of arrangement

Flower arrangement
  • Tatebana : It's an arrangement of the oldest type. It is arranged with standing some branches of a tree with blossoms in a vase.
  • Chabana : It was devised for an arrangement for tea ceremony. It is arranged naturally with a few flowers which don't have a strong odor and color.
  • Shouka : It's most diffuse arrangement. Basically 3 flowers are stood on a slant in a vase, then they are arranged the 3 blooms in an inequilateral triangle.
  • Moribana : It was deviced in the 19th century. Some flowers are arrangement in a shallow bowl instead of a vase. Because of wide space, various expression is possible.
  • Jiyuuka : It`s was born in the 20th century, and is an unconventional arrangement.

Seeing art of flower arrangement

As live plants are used in flower arrangement, the lifetime of a work is very short.
So usually the works are sometimes exhibited for a limited time only in several galleries.
Then we can sometimes find it at hotel lobby and so on as original interior decor.

Some websites about flower arrangement

Ikenobo : The original school of ikebana founded in the 15th century
Mishoryu : One of many schools, founded in 1804 (Japanese website)
Ryuseiha : One of many schools, founded in 1886 (Japanese website)
Ohararyu : One of many schools, founded in 1895
Nihonkoryu : One of many schools, founded in 1900
Sogetsuryu : One of many schools, founded in 1927

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