Ikebana (生け花, 活け花, “arranging flowers” or “making flowers alive”) is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is also known as Kadō (華道, “way of flowers”).

Plants play an important role in the native Shinto religion. Yorishiro are objects that divine spirits are summoned to. Evergreen plants such as kadomatsu are a traditional decoration of the New Year placed in pairs in front of homes to welcome ancestral spirits or kami of the harvest.

“Ikebana” is from the Japanese ikeru (“to arrange (flowers), have life, be living”) and hana (“flower”). Possible translations include “giving life to flowers” and “arranging flowers”.

Four different styles, Nageirebana “thrown in flowers”, Shoka “pure flowers”, Moribana “piled-up flowers”, Jiyuka “piled up flowers”.

Books I found on my travels. Arranging Flowers: A Complete Guide to Japanese Ikebana is something I wish to go back to and look at in more depth.The Encyclopedia of Flowers I have the pleasure of personally owning and pushing further with research in this book.

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