Doing it the Ikebana way, Masumi Jackson
Masumi Jackson is the Executive Master of the “Ichiyo School of Ikebana
Doing it the Ikebana way
последнее время икэбана становится все популярней на западе.
Неповторимые линии и красота цветка, живые растения и возможность
включения в произведение не растительных материалов. Икэбана доступна
любому человеку в любое время, в любом месте и из любых материалов -
корешки, ветки, дикие цветы, сухоцветы и коряги, и множество другого
материала, который можно найти вокург нас.
one of the traditional arts of Japan, has been practiced for more than
600 years. It developed from the Buddhist ritual of offering flowers to
the spirits of the dead.
By the middle of the fifteenth
century, with the emergence of the first classical styles, Ikebana
achieved the status of an art form independent of its religious
origins, though it continued to retain strong symbolic and
philosophical overtones. The first teachers and students were priests
and members of the nobility.
However, as time passed, many
different schools arose, styles changed, and Ikebana came to be
practiced at all levels of Japanese society. The beginning of Ikebana
can be traced to the 6th century introduction of Buddhism to the
Part of the worship involved the offering of flowers
on the altar in honour of the Buddha. In India, the birthplace of
Buddhism, the flowers were placed very informally, and sometimes only
petals were strewn around. However, by the time of 10th century Japan,
the Japanese were presenting their offerings in containers. The altar
offerings were the responsibility of the priests of the temple.
oldest school of Ikebana dates its beginnings from a priest of the
Rokkakudo Temple in Kyoto who was so expert in flower arrangements that
other priests sought him out for instruction. As he lived by the side
of a lake, for which the Japanese word is Ikenobo, the name Ikenobo
became attached to the priests there who specialized in these altar
Patterns and styles evolved so that by the late
15th century, arrangements were common enough that they were
appreciated by ordinary people, not just the imperial family and its
Thus began the development of an art form with fixed
requirements. Texts were written, the oldest being Sendensho, a
compilation covering the years from 1443 to 1536. During the same
period, noblemen and royal retainers were doing large decorative rikka
In Japan there are over 200 schools of Ikebana.
Masumi Jackson is the Executive Master of the “Ichiyo School of
Ikebana” and President of Ichiyo School of Ikebana of Australia Chapter
as well as a member of “Ikebana International ” since 1974. Masumi has
held many exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops in many countries.
This year she has a demonstration for the Floral Society, Melbourne.
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