Secular art of Japanese floral arrangements, Ikebana takes its origins from the flowers offered in the Buddhist temples. It follows the rules dictated by a highly specific symbolism relating to nature. Stalks, leaves, soliflore, flowers - all items come into play.
This art is practised during ceremonies, celebrations and as decoration in homes or businesses.
Like the tea ceremony, it is part and parcel of Japanese culture.
Semnu the priest was the first person in Japan to codify floral art. Floral offerings to Buddha must contain three flowers, with one that is taller than the other two.© Anyka / 123RF
Ikebana is a disciplined art form in which nature and humanity are brought together. Floral art has evolved following the doctrines of Confucianism, Buddhism and Zen.© iStockphoto.com / Mordolff
Formerly known as Kado, Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement.© Oksix / 123RF