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Theydeserveit >> Flower Arrangements >> Japanese Flower Arrangements

Japanese Flower Arrangements

People in the west have always believed in using vases as a part of their flower arrangements. But the Japanese flower arrangement is a little different from the western style of flower arrangement. The Japanese style of flower arrangement is termed as 'Ikebana', which means 'Flowers kept alive'. Ikebana uses symbols to portray as to how nature and art relate to the daily living.

Initially, the first school of Ikebana was alienated into three different styles. The Shin style was concerned with an erect line of flowers arranged in a bronze container, sitting on an imprinted teakwood stand. The other school termed as Gyo, was concerned with flowing, sweeping lines and a use of variety of containers. And the third school called So, believed in displaying flowers in baskets, bamboo vases and natural wood containers.

Here are different types of Japanese flower arrangements.

Rikka
'Rikka' or 'Standing flower' is a kind of flower arrangement, which is large and magnificent in design. Three stems are used as the framework for the flowers. The measure of an average rikka flower arrangement is about three to five times the height or width of the container in which the flower arrangement is placed. A completed Rikka is spherical in shape having great space and dimension.

Nageire
The meaning of the word Nageire is 'to throw'. This explains the casual and spontaneous feeling of the Nageire flower arrangement. Nageire needs a tall container and utilizes various artifices for holding the branches together in their position. The length of the primary branch may be from one to two times the height and the width of the container. The secondary branch should be three quarters the length of the primary branch and the length of the third branch should be three fourth the length of the secondary branch.

Shoka
The shoka flower arrangement has three branches arising from the mouth of the container as a single unit. The branches are held together with the help of a special holder. When the flowers are used together with the branches, then the branch material is used for the primary and secondary stems. In place of the third stem, we use flowers.












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