The Flowers of Japan and the Art of Floral Arrangement: The 100-Year-Old Ikebana Classic

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This beautiful and informative book was the first glimpse most Westerners ever had of the Japanese art of ikebana.

Its author, Josiah Conder, was a British architect invited to Japan at the end of the nineteenth century to help create Japan's first Western-style buildings. Conder remained there for the rest of his life, and his love of the country and its culture inspired him to undertake years of study of Japanese painting, gardens, and flower...

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Overview

This beautiful and informative book was the first glimpse most Westerners ever had of the Japanese art of ikebana.

Its author, Josiah Conder, was a British architect invited to Japan at the end of the nineteenth century to help create Japan's first Western-style buildings. Conder remained there for the rest of his life, and his love of the country and its culture inspired him to undertake years of study of Japanese painting, gardens, and flower arrangement.

Conder's classic text—with its eloquent explanation of why certain seasonal flowers should be used, why some are "felicitous" and others "ominous," and how even the simplest-looking arrangement can mean much more than meets the eye—has a great deal to say not only about ikebana but about Japan's sense of ceremony and custom.

Richly illustrated throughout, and with sixteen pages of grand color pictures, this new edition of his pioneering work retains the period feel of the original. For modern enthusiasts of ikebana or of more Western-style flower arranging, the book offers a fascinating insight into the sensibilities that helped form the art. In addition, a wealth of written and pictorial information on the various containers used—bamboo tubes, bronze vases, lacquer ware, and baskets—will appeal to those who have an interest in Oriental antiques.

And to place all this in context, Paula Pryke—the author of FLOWERS, FLOWERS! —and Joseph LaPenta, a Tokyo-based ikebana scholar, provide opening commentaries.


About the Author:
Josiah Conder (1852-1920), a graduate of the Royal Institute of Architects, came to Japan at the age of twenty-five to play a role in the modernization of the emerging Japanese state. He served concurrently as a professor of architecture and a consultant to the Japanese government. Between 1878 and 1907 he designed over fifty major buildings in the Tokyo area, which served as models for the rapidly industrializing nation. His name is mentioned in all books dealing with early modern architecture in Japan. The many pupils he taught over the years were to form the first generation of Japanese architects building in the Western style. He remained in Japan until his death, and is buried at Gokokuji Temple in Tokyo.

Apart from THE FLOWERS OF JAPAN, the publication for which he is best known is LANDSCAPE GARDENING IN JAPAN (reissued in 2002 by Kodansha International).

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Conder traveled to Japan in 1877 to establish the architecture curriculum at Tokyo's Imperial College of Engineering. He learned as much about Japanese culture as he taught and released this volume in 1891. The text is buttressed with numerous color and black-and-white illustrations of plants, pots, and other accoutrements. A beauty. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9784770029843
  • Publisher: Kodansha International
  • Publication date: 3/24/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

JOSIAH CONDER (1852-1920), a graduate of the Royal Institute of Architects, came to Japan at the age of twenty-five to play a role in the modernization of the emerging Japanese state. He served concurrently as a professor of architecture and a consultant to the Japanese government. Between 1878 and 1907 he designed over fifty major buildings in the Tokyo area, which served as models for the rapidly industrializing nation. His name is mentioned in all books dealing with early modern architecture in Japan. The many pupils he taught over the years were to form the first generation of Japanese architects building in the Western style. He remained in Japan until his death, and is buried at Gokokuji Temple in Tokyo.

Apart from The Flowers of Japan, the publication for which he is best known is Landscape Gardening in Japan (Kodansha International).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 7
Prologue 9
Foreword 10
Preface 35
The Flowers of Japan
Introduction 38
Spring Flowers 40
Plum Blossoms
Cherry Blossoms
Summer Flowers 46
Wistaria Blossoms
Irises
Peonies and Lotus Flowers
Autumn Flowers 49
Chrysanthemums
The Seven Plants of Autumn
Maples
Arrangement of flowers
Introduction 54
Flowers According to Their Months (Old Calendar) 57
Ominous Flowers
Flowers Suitable for Felicitous Occasions
Flowers Prohibited for Felicitous Occasions
Appropriate Combinations
Objectionable Combinations
History and Theory 77
Lineal Distribution 80
Selection of Material 87
Flower Vessels 90
Standing Vases
Vessels for Water Plants
Flower Baskets
Bamboo Vases
Hooked Vessels
Suspended Vessels
Flower Chariots
Flower Fasteners
Choice of Flower Vessels
Water in Vases
Stones and Rocks
Flower Trays and Stands
Position of Flowers in Rooms 120
Ceremonial and Etiquette 128
Flowers for the New Year
Flowers for the "Five Festivals"
Flowers Used at Betrothals
Flowers for Wedding Festivities
Flowers for Coming of Age Celebrations
Flowers for Promotions in Rank
Flowers for the Ceremony of Religious Retirement
Flowers for Old Age Celebrations
Flowers at Farewell Gatherings
Flowers for the Sick
Flowers before Household Shrines
Flowers at Death Anniversaries
Flowers at Prayers for Rain or Fine Weather
Flowers Used at Moon Viewing
Flowers for House Warmings
Flowers at Poetry Meetings
Flowers for the Tea Ceremonial
Flowers for Incense Meetings
Practical Examples 139
Arrangement of Plum Branches
Arrangement of Pine Branches
Arrangement of Bamboos
Combination of Pine, Bamboo, and Plum
Arrangement of Willow Branches
Arrangement of Wistaria Flowers
Arrangement of Irises
Arrangement of Peonies
Arrangement of Lotus Flowers
Arrangement of Chrysanthemums
Arrangement of Nuphar japonicum
Arrangement of Kerria japonica
Arrangement of Narcissus Flowers
Arrangement of Cherry Blossoms
Arrangement of Peach Blossoms
Arrangement of Camellias
Arrangement of Convolvuli
Arrangement of Lespedeza Flowers
Arrangement of Rhodea japonica
Arrangement of Leaf-orchid
Arrangement of Maple Branches
Miscellaneous
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