September 16, 2009

Ikebana, The Art of Flower Arranging From Japan

Ikebana,  The Art of Flower Arranging From Japan

Ikebana is the art of flower arranging which utilize various types of flowers, grasses and plants in order to enjoy its beauty. Ikebana originated from Japan but has been extended throughout the world. In Japanese, Ikebana is also known as the present (ka, flowers; do, the way of life) is more emphasis on aspects of art to achieve perfection in flower arranging.

Ikebana is in the range of flows that each has its own way of arranging different types of flowers. Requires a certain flow of people see the flower arrangements right from the front, while others require that the flow of people see flowers as a form of three-dimensional two-dimensional objects only.

In general, flower arranging techniques coupled with the West (flower arrangement) looks as beautiful from different points of view in three dimensions and does not need to be viewed from the front.

In contrast to the art of flower arranging from the West that is decorative, Ikebana trying to create harmony in a linear form, rhythm and color. Not concerned with the beauty of Ikebana flower arrangement but according to this aspect of the linear line. The forms of Ikebana based three points representing sky, earth, and humans.

The origins of Ikebana is a tradition of offering flowers at Buddhist temples in Japan. Ikebana developed along with the development of Buddhism in Japan in the 6th century.
There is research that says Ikebana originated from pagan traditions of ancient people who set back plants that have been plucked from nature in accordance with her wishes. In ancient times, humans have felt a strangeness in plants and mengganggapnya as a mystery.

Unlike the animals die immediately after being hunted, flowers or plant parts that have been plucked from nature if treated properly maintain the same freshness as when still in nature. Humans are pleased to see "strange" happened then put flowers or plant parts that have been cut into a vase of flowers. Human antiquity and were satisfied that thinks he has managed to control the natural events that previously could not be controlled by humans.

According to the classical literature such as Makura no Soshi who talked about Japanese customs, the tradition of admiring the flowers by cutting the stem of a flower has begun since the Heian period. At first, interest in a container placed in a pre-existing and newly created special containers for vases.

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