What is Ikebana? (Article)

Many people confuse floristry and ikebana. But these are completely different concepts. Floristry is commerce driven by commercial necessity and self-expression, and ikebana is a whole art driven by philosophy, knowledge of the world around and oneself.

Ikebana is native to Japan and translates to new flower life. It is believed that after cutting the flower dies, but in the hands of the master it comes to life again. It is necessary to place at least one living flower in the composition, of which there are a lot today, starting with ordinary ones and ending with unique ones, like this buddley, which can not be bought in many stores in the country.

Ikebana schools have flourished in Japan for five centuries, where they teach not only how to create flower arrangements, but also the basics of the tea ceremony, calligraphy, etiquette and other things. Masters believe that all this is simply necessary to create ikebana. Ikebana practically does not bring money, more spending, but in return brings spiritual harmony and joy from contemplation of the work done.