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Japanese Ikebana for Every Season

Hardcover - 04 February 2014
Ueno, Yuji (Author)
Imai, Rie (Author)
Murata, Noboru (Photographer)
ISBN-13 : 9784805312124
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Ikebana, or "making flowers alive" in Japanese, is the ancient art of formal flower arrangement.

Practiced since the seventh century, the true goal of Ikebana is to take a few beautiful flowers and plants and tastefully present them in very simple containers to enhance home decor. The 53 elegant designs featured in Japanese Ikebana for Every Season are perfect for special occasions--Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, birthday, anniversary--or any event that calls for a flower bouquet.

The key to proper Ikebana arrangements is to understand a few straightforward principles--like the idea of mitate, seeing old things with new eyes--and to learn a few easy techniques to stabilize and support plants inside a vase or container. Using common flowers and plants from the garden, a nearby field or forest, or the local florist, anyone can easily create lovely Ikebana in just a few minutes.

Authors Rie Imai and Yuji Ueno explain how to select flowers and containers from things that are already around--and then turn them into something special. The basic instructions in the book cover a wide range of styles that encourage readers to use their own creativity rather than copying traditional and highly technical Ikebana design concepts.

No matter what time of year it is and regardless of your taste or budget, the arrangements in this book will lend a touch of Japanese elegance to your home.

Customer Reviews

10 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 09 November 2014
Japanese Ikebana for Every Season
By: Garden Drum

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.

10 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 09 November 2014
Japanese Ikebana for Every Season
By: The Nordic Lotus Ikebana Blog

Ueno's ikebana has a pleasant expression that goes well with modern interiors and lifestyles, and it encourages the readers to try out this communication with nature and create arrangements at home

10 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 09 November 2014
Japanese Ikebana for Every Season
By: Garden Home and Party

I really enjoyed this book as my recollection of ikebana was of a far different style than the arrangements shared herein.  The classic ikebana arrangement should look natural, something I lean towards where flower arrangements are concerned.  But I used to think of ikebana arrangements as stark and possibly a little too modern for my tastes.  Clearly, this doesn’t have to be the case, for this pair of talented artists (the authors) have introduced a new view of ikebana.

10 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 25 August 2014
Enjoying art
By: Garden Home and Party

I really enjoyed this book as my recollection of ikebana was of a far different style than the arrangements shared herein.  The classic ikebana arrangement should look natural, something I lean towards where flower arrangements are concerned.  But I used to think of ikebana arrangements as stark and possibly a little too modern for my tastes. Clearly, this doesn’t have to be the case, for this pair of talented artists (the authors) have introduced a new view of ikebana.

10 customer reviews Between 3−4 stars rating, 25 August 2014
Well done! Nice book :)
By: MiscFinds4u

The book is written by Yuji Ueno and Rie Imai and photographed by Noboru Murata. It includes full-color, full-page photos that are beautiful enough to frame. It also include some step-by-step photos to show you just how these beautiful pieces of art were created. I especially loved the information on how to build your own natural floral supports rather than using florist’s foam or frogs. Instead the artist builds a natural arranger out of copper wire or snapped twigs placed at angles inside the container.

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