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In our Ikebana school, the style inherited from the Edo period is regarded as a Classical Ikebana, and the style inherited from the Meiji period is regarded as a Contemporary Ikebana.
Each Ikebana has two different styles; Classical Ikebana includes Traditional Seika, and Modern Seika which the former Iemoto established, and Modern Ikebana corresponds to Nageire and Moribana.
The Classical style Ikebana inherited from the Edo period can be said to have been born and nurtured by the spirit of the townspeople of Edo.
Rikka style, which is composed of many branches, adorned the wide living space of nobles and samurai, while classical ikebana were loved by townspeople with small houses. It is such a simple structure only with 3 branches, to represent dignity with its lightness. This style was the expression of the aesthetic sense of townspeople of Edo, called "iki".
For this reason, in our school, not only the mold but also the rise from the water surface is important. The water surface is thin and neat, and the diagonally raised branches are spread out to form a shape, creating a rich and tense space. Only if you know the characteristics of the flower material and have the heart to capture its vividness will the flower pattern live and become a dignified art work.
The history of Nageire is old, and it can be seen in the natural act of arranging the flowers, which has been done before the establishment of "ikebana" (Muromachi period). Picking up and arranging beautiful flowers into vases to decorate the living space is not something only Japanese has been doing, but all around the world.
However, it was only in Japan that raised this aesthetic expression of "ikebana" to a unique culture. Blessed with the four seasons, the environment where a variety of plants grow abundantly in a humid climate, and as seen in old poetries "Manyoshu" and "Kokonshu", there is a view of nature and a sense of beauty that unites people and nature. It can be said that this was the brought up.
Since the foundation of our origin Sanzen-in Temple, there have always been flower arrangements in the living space. Nageire was developed in several generations from this dairy habits and have been inherited to this day.
Nageire uses mainly bottles, tall vases, and other vessels that do not have a wide mouth, and the important point is the spread of the flower above the vessel and the sense of unity with it. By practicing over and over, this sense of balance will be acquired and you will be able to create a fresh and beautiful art piece.
During the Meiji era, which was said to be civilization, the culture of Western Europe that flowed in at once changed the life of Japan up to that point. Under these circumstances, the new ikebana "Moribana" was born.
Moribana can be placed in a bowl such as a basin with a wide mouth. For this reason, it is possible to make a four-sided flower that does not have frontality like a table flower, and it can be developed in various ways.
It can be said that the Nageire and Moribana as modern flowers, are basic ones that can correspond to all the spaces of today with each style and its variation.
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