ikebana

noun ike·ba·na \ ˌi-kā-ˈbä-nə , ˌi-ki- , ˌē- \

Definition of ikebana

:the Japanese art of flower arranging that emphasizes form and balance

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Ikebana is a way of arranging flowers that was developed by the Japanese. It was introduced in Japan in the sixth century by Chinese Buddhist missionaries, who had formalized the ritual of offering flowers to Buddha. The art is based on the harmony of simple linear constructions and the appreciation of the subtle beauty of flowers and natural material, such as branches and stems. There are several major ikebana schools, with differing histories and theories of artistic style. In its highest form, this art form is spiritual and philosophical in nature, but in modern Japan, it is more often practiced as a sign of refinement by marriageable young women and older matrons.

Origin and Etymology of ikebana

Japanese, from ikeru to keep alive, arrange + hana flower


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