Ikebana with Living Plants

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Shufunotomo/Japan Publications, 1998 - Crafts & Hobbies - 128 pages
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It is not surprising that indoor potted plants are rapidly gaining popularity in our modern, urbanized living environments. Potted plants inside the home not only add visual appeal to the interior decor, they also help purify the air in the room. Ikebana with Living Plants is a new variation of the traditional Japanese art of ikebana, or flower arrangement, that allows you to enhance enjoyment of your indoor potted plants by adding cut flowers or branches to the flowerpot. The addition of cut flowers to your favorite potted plant lets you change the mood or ambiance of your room in countless ways, yet your original plant remains uncut and intact. Why not try some of the easily accomplished arrangements shown here-with Ikebana with Living Plants, you can continue to enjoy the beauty of your indoor plants and delight in the variety and richness of natural foliage right at home.

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ICHIBA ASHIDA is the Headmaster of the Enshu Seifu School of Ikebana, formerly known as the Enshu School. Born in Tokyo in 1938, he learned the Enshu style of ikebana from his grandfather. In 1967 he became the Kyoto-based school's 14th headmaster.
The Enshu School has one of the oldest ikebana lineages, dating from its founding in the 17th century by Kobori Enshu (1579-1647), a government official in the first three Tokugawa shogunates who made his name as a tea master, pottery connoisseur, and garden designer and architect associated with such landmarks as the Nijo Castle and Katsura Detached Palace in Kyoto. Enshu is best known for its classical shoka style, in which mature branches are painstakingly shaped into graceful curves by cutting small notches into the branches and inserting wedges of wood. Since becoming headmaster, Ashida has broadened the schools' curriculum by developing unique variations of other traditional ikebana forms. He has also created a totally new form of ikebana using cut flowers and potted plants, Ikebana with Living Plants, which is introduced in this volume.

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