Of all Japan’s traditional arts, perhaps the most famed and actively practiced today is ikebana, the art of flower arrangement.
The origin of ikebana is closely connected with religion and came to Japan from India and China with the introduction of Buddhism in the 6th century. The early arrangements were rigid and intricate, often reaching a height of ten feet or more. The tips of the branches pointed toward heaven with plant material representing all parts of the universe with symbolic meanings.
Over the centuries, the arrangements evolved to be much less formal. With the introduction of Western culture and flowers new concepts of ikebana developed into more “free-style” and avant-garde arrangements. Creativity and originality have become important characteristics in recent years.
In basic form, an ikebana arrangement follows a fixed pattern: a triangle of three points representing Heaven, Earth and Man. Emphasis is placed on linear perfection, color harmony, space, and form.
Under the umbrella of Ikebana International, today there are over 300 different schools of ikebana, each following a particular set of rules and arranging techniques which make it unique. The three main schools are Ikenobo, Ohara and Sogetsu.
Our motto is “Friendship Through Flowers” and we welcome the opportunity to share this beautiful art form and Japanese culture with you.