Ikebana is a centuries old Japanese style of flower arranging, a marriage of spirituality, humanity and nature. A few weeks ago one of our Japanese UN spouse members coordinated a session with Aiko Nobe, a master instructor of Ikebana at Sogetsu School to introduce us all to the gorgeous art of Ikebana.
The first part of the activity started with Aiko demonstrating two types of Ikebana. The first, a low level arrangement with Tulips and straight weedy branches. The second was a much taller, more dramatic version using entirely different materials.
According to Aiko, one of the biggest differences between Ikebana and flower arranging is, in Western culture, much more is added to the bouquet. Ikebana is about less. The beauty of the arrangements lie in their simplicity. One appreciates less more.