Ikebana: The Art of Japanese Flower Arrangement

With their strong branches and textural foliage, herbs gracefully lend themselves to the traditional Japanese art of flower arranging.

Ikebana arrangements are always described from the Buddha’s perspective. So elements to the viewer’s left are described as being on the right, and vice versa. The chabana style has no formal rules of proportion; it relies on the artist’s eye to achieve a sense of rightness and harmony. This spring arrangement includes a tall river willow branch in bloom. The yellow flowers, symbolic of present, past, and future, are salsify. They are anchored in a small kensan. The elements were chosen to echo spring light as it comes through the garden.