Ikebana through the seasons…

Ikebana, “the art of making flowers live”, is a Japanese ancestral art also known as Kado “the way of flowers”.

The Ikebana started around the 6th century and was brought back from China by Buddhist monks. Initially, the floral composition served as an offering to the temples.

For 6 centuries, Ikebana has been able to adapt to different societal evolutions and perfectly fit into a Western environment with increasingly creative and modern creations.

 

In the West, we tend to believe that abundance is a sign of richness and aesthetics. Westerners have always emphasised the profusion and colours of plants for decorative purposes. The Japanese, in contrast, through more refined compositions, give a philosophical meaning to their creation.

5 points are fundamental in Ikebana: The line (expression of movement), the mass (expression of force), the colour (for beauty), the texture and the emptiness (essential notion in Ikebana, it accentuate the movement).

Atelier Reiwa

Atelier Reiwa

Atelier Reiwa

Atelier Reiwa

“Ikebana brings richness to our lives”

Reiko Takenaka – Sogetsu School