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The true meaning of Ikebana—the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement—is the ability to take a few beautiful flowers and plans and tastefully present them in very simple containers to decorate your home. Whether for Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, or a special birthday or anniversary—Japanese Ikebana for Every Season simplifies and demystifies this ancient art by presenting 53 elegantly simple arrangements that anyone can create at ...
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Japanese Ikebana for Every Season

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Overview

The true meaning of Ikebana—the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement—is the ability to take a few beautiful flowers and plans and tastefully present them in very simple containers to decorate your home. Whether for Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, or a special birthday or anniversary—Japanese Ikebana for Every Season simplifies and demystifies this ancient art by presenting 53 elegantly simple arrangements that anyone can create at anytime at home.

The key to good Ikebana arrangements is to understand a few very simple principles—like the idea of mitate—seeing old things with new eyes, as well as learning a few very easy techniques of flower stabilization and how to support plants and flowers inside a vase or container. Using simple, common flowers and plants from your garden, from a nearby field or forest, or from your local florist—you can easily create these lovely Ikebana in just a few minutes if you know how.

Authors Rie Imai and Yuji Ueno explain how to select the flowers and the containers by simply using things that are already around you—and then they show you how to turn them into something special. The basic instructions in the book cover a wide range of styles that encourage readers to use their own creativity rather than copying traditional and highly technical Ikebana design concepts.

No matter what time of year it is and regardless of your taste or budget—the arrangements in this book will lend a touch of Japanese elegance to your home!
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"Having fully mastered the techniques of traditional Ikebana, Yuji Ueno has then discarded them and created a completely new understanding for the modern Ikebana of today. This book provides us with many suggestions of the kinds of floral work that will allow Ikebana to move forward, today and into the future."—Kosen Ohtsubo, modern ikebana artist and Headmaster's Advisory Instructor, Ryusei School

"Yuji Ueno's ikebana makes me feel as if the roots of the plants are wriggling in the containers. This impressive book is filled with works that convey the "vibration" Yuji perceives from plants and leads him to create a sense of movement, strength and contrast in his wonderful arrangements."—Hiroshi Hayama, owner, Utsuwa Floral Design, San Francisco

"In the unique world of Japanese design and Tuttle's tradition of excellence, this is a beautifully photographed collection of expressive and inspiring contemporary ikebana with just the right blend of playful whimsy and serene natural beauty."—Mary Burnett de Gomez, Ichiyo School Master ikebana instructor and owner, Hanayagi Japanese Garden Shop, Albuquerque

"Japanese Ikebana for Every Season is a rewarding visual feast for the eyes—as sumptuous as it is celebratory of the Japanese flower arrangement tradition. It rediscovers anew the wondrous, iconic, evocative and arresting beauty of the Ikebana art form."—Kasumi Yamamoto, chair of the Department of Asian Studies, Williams College

"I found the book a fascinating presentation of contemporary expression of a traditional Japanese art and recommend it to everyone interested in new trends in Ikebana."—Robert M. Tieger, architect, New York

"What a wonderful book. A treasure trove of techniques, beautiful photographs and aesthetically arranged floral arrangements guaranteed to inspire the Ikebana lover."—Kurt Vargo, professor of Illustration and Communication Arts, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia

"This book contains basic ikebana techniques, seasonal interpretations of ikebana art, and most of all, sophisticated representations of modern Japanese culture through flowers. It is beautifully presented, and is a excellent introduction for readers to have a wider vision of ikebana."—Keisuke Kawasaki, researcher and principal, Mami Flower Design School, Tokyo

"While fully mastering the know-how of traditional ikebana, Yuji Ueno once makes it scrap and then build and create the know-how which meet requirements for new ikebana. This book provides us with many suggestions on what kind of floral work let people move, today and into the future."—Kosen Ohtsubo, modern ikebana artist and Headmaster's Advisory Instructor, Ryusei School

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462914289
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • File size: 13 MB
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Meet the Author

Rie Imai studied floral design at Parsons New School for Design in New York and the City College of San Francisco. Her ultimate goal is to show how traditional and modern Asian aesthetics may be brought into daily life.

Yuji Ueno is an independent floral artist who has developed his own unique philosophy and artistic sensibility—by turns outrageously passionate and exceptionally tranquil. Yuji has created his own distinctive style that is not linked with any recognized Japanese Ikebana school, allowing him the freedom to chart his own course. He regularly wins national Ikebana challenge competitions in Japan.

Noboru Murata is one of Japan's most accomplished photographers. Based in Tokyo, he works for Elle Deco Japon, Casa Mica Italy and Elle a Table Japon. His books include The Sushi Lover's Cookbook, Japan Style, Japanese Gardens and Japan Home.

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