Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement, is subtle, sensitive, sophisticated, and meditative. It was rooted from Japanese Zen Buddhism. The growing appreciation of Japanese art and architecture in the West has extended to the Japanese way of flowers. Ikebana emphasizes lines and space. It celebrates simplicity.
Ikebana is a disciplined art form in which the arrangement is a living thing, in which nature and humanity are brought together. It is steeped in the philosophy of developing a closeness with nature.
The Sogetsu School
The Sogetsu school of Ikebana was originated by Sofu Teshigahara in 1926. The three most important principles advocated by the Sogetsu school are:
Flowers can be arranged by anyone; Flower arrangement can be displayed anywhere; Anything can be used as materials for an arrangement.
Many beautiful flowers and plants, the raw materials, are the products of mother nature, but Ikebana is the product of human's creativity and imagination in the arrangement of such raw materials. The Sogetsu Ikebana is always alive.