Collaboratively, the beautiful photography of Murata captures the flower arrangements and images to illustrate the text of ‘basic ikebana techniques‘. Rie proceeds to teach the techniques of water absorption, cutting, stabilizing, bending, shaping, maintenance and finding the right containers. From there we’re ready for the ‘principles of Japanese floral design’. They include the essentials of communing with nature, water awareness, simplicity, seasonality, light and shadow, and sensory perceptions. It may sound overwhelming, but the presentation is user friendly and attainable.