Flower Arranging, Ikebana-Style

“Your efforts are budding–results will appear soon.”


Ikebana (literally translated as “flowers kept alive”) is the art of Japanese flower arranging. Originating in Japan, the art form spread to Taiwan during their period of Japanese rule. Ikebana uses symbolism in its organization, particularly stressing the connection between nature and humanity.

Traits of ikebana include:

  • emphasis on line and form
  • focus on stems and leaves, not just petals
  • long-term tradition, having evolved over seven centuries
  • minimalism in its display
  • two basis styles–shallow vase and tall vase

Fun fact: Ikebana is often done in silence 

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  1. Veronica Roth says

    I’ve done this! That is, I’ve taken a little course and tried to learn the technique. In the end, it’s too limiting for me, and also takes a life worth of study to master and I haven’t got the self discipline…lol, but I learned a lot and sometimes really enjoy putting together a display for myself. :D

    • Jennifer J. Chow says

      Kudos to you, Veronica! It looks so simple, but it really takes a lot of training. I remember going to an ikebana competition, and all the displays were breathtaking!

  2. I love that it’s done in silence. More activities should be. Allows us so much better focus.

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