Ikebana – Japanese Flower arranging
“In contrast to the massing of blooms typical of flower arrangement in western countries, Japanese flower arrangement is based on the line of twigs and/or leaves, filled in with a small number of blooms. The container is also a key element of the composition. The structure of a Japanese flower arrangement is based on a scalene triangle delineated by three main points, usually twigs, considered in some schools to symbolize heaven, earth, and man.”
So we had a lesson for about 1 ½ hours in one of the rooms at City Hall – apparently Kiyoko-san’s apartment is absolutely miniscule! It was Y1050 for the flowers, which seemed like a good deal, and then she let us take a vase and the flowers home to recreate the magic! We just have to bring back the vase when we have our next class on November 4th.
I did shoko style, and the other two did free-style – we will swap next time.
Shoko involves 3 groups of branches/flowers – the shin, the soe and the tai. There has to be an odd number of flowers/branches in the vase OR ELSE! Seven is ideal, but nine and eleven are both ok too.
Anyway - comments on my creation?