Ikebana: Ancient Japanese art of flower arrangement
By Ding Qian
Ikebana is an ancient Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is one of the three classical Japanese arts of refinement, along with incense appreciation and tea ceremony. It's also known as Kado, which means "the way of the flowers."
The tradition can be traced back to Buddhism or early ceremonial practices of the Shinto religion. In traditional Ikebana, symbolism and seasonality are always prioritized. For example, chrysanthemum is preferred in the autumn season while narcissus is commonly used in the spring season. An odd number of flowers are generally considered lucky.
For many people, ikebana is more than just decoration, it's also a spiritual process that allows practitioners to connect with the nature.
Although ikebana is a creative art activity. There are some rules to govern the creation, like arranging the flowers in silence so one can meditate and achieve inner peace in the process.
There are more than 3000 schools of Ikebanam, including Rikka, which means "standing flowers" and Moribana style, meaning "piling up of flowers."
In the video today, we explore this unique Japanese art of flower arrangement at the Japanese pavilion of the ongoing Beijing International Horticultural Expo.
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