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Ikebana is the art of arranging flowers that demands passion, emotion, imagination and predominantly a love for plants. Only a very close look gives an impression of the variety of plants in form, shape and colour, in size and character. During the different seasons their special habits and laws of growing can be experienced. Ikebana is an expression of mental exchange between man, plant and univers.
Ikebana is a kind of sculptural art with the material ”plant” and also with dead material.
The word Ikebana derives from the two nouns “Ike” meaning life, living and ”Hana” (in the composite word ”-bana”), meaning flower, natural material.
In its historical development the expression means to give new life to flowers and plants; not only by sowing, planting, taking care of and watching them, but also by separating them from their natural environment, by analysing the specialties in line, shape and colour, by intended grouping and composing in order to express a certain idea.
The Japanese tradition of arranging flowers around the altar and later on in the Tokonoma – the place of prayer and meditation in the Japanese home – dates back to the 6th century. It reached its first peak in the 16th century under the influence of the great zenbuddhistic tea masters. Nowadays Ikebana is taught by over a thousand schools in Japan and all over the world. Ikenobo, Ohara and Sogetsu are the most famous Ikebana schools. The majority of today’s Japanese Ikebana schools have their roots in the Ikenobo-school.