Discover Ikebana Japan

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.

  • A 13-century-old tradition, Ikebana, Arts and culture, Japan
    A 13-century-old tradition

    At the beginning of the 7th century, Japanese ambassadors in China brought back Buddhism and the custom of the floral offerings that decorate the Buddhist altars and stupas.

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  • The Trinitarian principle, Ikebana, Arts and culture, Japan
    The Trinitarian principle

    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.

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  • Trends and teachings, Ikebana, Arts and culture, Japan
    Trends and teachings

    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.

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  • Ikebana, Arts and culture, Japan
    Ikebana

    Formerly known as Kado, Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement.

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