“Ikebana – Guide Book for Beginners” epitomizes the graciousness of Japanese life.

Author Bio

Before we first went to Japan, I entered a small floral competition. I knew nothing about the art of arranging flowers, but a Garden Club member urged me to try. I took home a second-place ribbon, and a desire to study flower arranging more to enhance our home.

Moving to Japan soon after, I saw “ikebana” in every home and business. The Japanese word “ikebana” means, “to make alive flowers.” It is pronounced: ɪkɪˈbɑːnə. My tutor recommended this book to me.

What a help it was! While the teacher spoke no English, the book did. “Ikebana – Guide Book for Beginners” explained every process very carefully, leading the beginner step-by-step with both photos and sketches.

“Ikebana – Guide Book for Beginners”

by Kosa Moriya; Taiun Goshima; Masanobu Kudo; Yuchiku Fujiwara
Paperback – 49 pages

The authors present a project, and detail every piece of equipment and plant life needed for that project. They then explain in very simple language how to choose a container to use, how to keep flowers upright in it, how to cut flower stems, and how to bend thin branches.

Each project featured shows methods for a specific style of ikebana. Once you master the method, you can use it with many different flowers, grasses, and even fruit.

I liked the fact that the authors did not limit their work to a “how-to” volume, but included a brief history of ikebana to show its importance in Japan. They also define the three major ikebana schools.

When I reread the book recently, I thought how it applies no matter what your age or where you live. People everywhere enjoy having flowers around, and this book helps us all use those flowers in a way that makes them appear to be living.