â€œIkenobo Ikebana is living art,â€ says Emily Wu. Emily, is a senior professor of Ikenobo Ikebana, whose classic arrangements have won her a Civic award and were on display at the Toronto World Summit.
The simple and subtle lines of this ancient floral art add a touch of elegance and Zen to any dÃ©cor. Using branches, leaves and any or seasonal flowers such as roses, orchids and camellia, Ikebana artists create floral arrangements that are intricate, yet uncomplicated. Ikebana is distinguished from other ornamental flower arrangements with its goal of creating asymmetrical harmony of line, form, texture and colour between plants and container. Details ranging from the placement of the vase and materials are taken into consideration when creating an arrangement.
Western culture tends to emphasize the amount of flowers and vast array of colours that fit inside a vase which places more attention on the beauty of the blossoms. Whereas, the Japanese emphasize the linear aspects of the arrangement by including the vase, stems, leaves, branches and the flowers.
The structure of the Japanese flower arrangement creates three points in one form of arrangement “Shoka” that symbolize heaven, earth and humankind. Seasonal variations are appreciated and the majority of trees and flowers are underlined with specific meanings.