Ikebana is a Japanese traditional form of flower arrangement. It was developed by a priest in Kyoto about five hundred years ago He was famed for making excellent flower arrangements. Slowly, the flower arrangement took a spiritual form and was developed into a strict discipline.
The flower arrangement in Ikebana is minimalist and very simple. Ikebana focuses of the use of all the elements of a plant and even stems and leaves are used in Ikebana arrangements. Unlike other styles of flower arrangement, Ikebana designs make use of very little flowers generally. The theme is centered on a blossom or two, accompanied by long winding stem and leaves.
Ikebana is considered to be a spiritual means of connecting with nature. Japanese see it as recreating nature in your own small space and thus getting to know nature deeper in the process. However, as Ikebana is considered to be much more than simple flower arrangement, there are some strict rules that must be followed while doing it.
Ikebana is to be performed in complete silence. There should be a constant effort to concentrate on positive energy. The flowers, leaves and stems that you are using for Ikebana must be treated very gently.
The basic flower arrangement in Ikebana is on the lines of a scalene triangle that is distinguished by three specific points in the flower arrangement. While some Ikebana schools consider these points as heaven, earth and man, some other schools of thought symbolize these three points with sun, moon, love and earth. Each bloom or leaf, should be so placed to make definite angles or slants.
Simplicity is also reflected in the type of container used to make an Ikebana arrangement. One can use flat, shallow bowls made out of wood or metal. Another popular container for Ikebana is called Kenzan. You can use other types of flower frogs too.