Ikebana – is the Japanese art of flower arrangement, but is more than simply putting flowers in a container. Beautifully arranged living branches, leaves, grasses, and blossoms draw emphasis to shape, line, and form. Ikebana was developed from the Buddhist ritual of offering flowers to the spirits of the dead. This art has been practiced for over seven hundred years. Although it continued to retain strong symbolic and philosophical overtones, Ikebana achieved the status of an art form independent of its religious influence by the middle of the fifteen century.
Arrangements by Sogetsu-style teacher Yumi Rakers.