Floral Art

simple floral arrangement with large single green leaf, single bare twig, single orange bloom in low black base
Floral Arrangement by Linda Tanaka, ca 2010
Photo by David Tanaka

In Japan, the art of flower arrangement, or Ikebana, is thought to have started around 600 AD. The Zen Buddhist offered the lotus flower, symbolizing purity, to the Buddhist shrine. Since then, flowers have been an essential part of the Buddhist altar.

The flowers represent impermanence, harmony and the love of nature. The name of the arrangement was ikenobo, meaning the dwelling by the pond. The name ikenobo is still used today and is the oldest ikebana tradition.