Ikebana is the traditional Japanese art of flower arranging. Its roots can be traced back to the 7th century when floral offerings were made at religious altars. Over time, these arrangements started being used to decorate homes, evolving into a disciplined art form intended to create harmony and balance.
The term “Ikebana” comes from the Japanese “ikeru” (to arrange, to keep alive) and “hana” (flower), hence it’s often translated as “making flowers alive.” Unlike in Western flower arrangement where emphasis is on color and blooming of flowers, in Ikebana, more importance is given to form and structure, the use of negative space, and the relationship between the vase, stems, leaves, and flowers.
There are several different schools of Ikebana, each with its own unique style, but all share the common goal of creating a connection with nature and an awareness of the beauty in every stage of a plant’s life. The arrangements are more than mere decorations; they are a form of spiritual expression that seeks to communicate emotion and appreciation for the natural world.
Today, Ikebana continues to be a popular art form in Japan and has gained international recognition for its minimalist, thoughtful approach to floristry.