Most people think of Ikebana as simply a Japanese style of arranging flowers. Ikebana is much more than that, and is quite different from traditional floral arrangements in Europe and North America.

Plant materials in various stages of their lives are used. Buds, seed pods, a battered leaf, lichens on a branch, and even the bark of a tree, all reflect the changing seasons and the cycle of life and death. It’s not only 20 year olds who are beautiful!

Ikebana seeks to arrange flowers and leaves, and also nature itself.
While we can never transcend Mother Nature, Ikebana allows us to transform the beauty of nature into our own art, drawing on its beautiful aspects, adding our own ideas, emotions, and reflecting who we are. Ikebana might also be similar to meditation.
Many students find that facing plants eye-to-eye during a lesson enables them to relax and release stress.

Ikebana is a powerful means of self-expression and it develops our ability to see in new ways.
Why not give this fantastic experience a try if you are in Japan?

“Flowers, when set in Ikebana, cease to be just flowers. Flowers become human in Ikebana. That makes Ikebana interesting and also difficult.” ~ by Sofu Techigawara, first President of Sogetsu School.

Atelier Soka Mika Otani