This is a study of plant materials, flowers and composition. They are carefully chosen and design to compliment the space of the season. The arrangement is based on the three main points, usually twigs, leaves and flowers to symbolize heaven, earth and man. The container is a key element of the composition, and various styles of pottery may be used in their construction.
The spiritual aspect of ikebana is considered very important to its practitioners. Silence is a must during practices of ikebana. It is a time to appreciate things in nature that people often overlook because of their busy lives. One becomes more patient and tolerant of differences, not only in nature, but also in general. Ikebana can inspire one to identify with beauty in all art forms. This is also the time when one feels closeness to nature which provides relaxation for the mind, body, and soul.
Movement in Ikebana
Ikebana arrangements can express an infinite variety of moods and emotion ranging from calm and serene to dynamic and agitated. Incorporating a sense of movement into an arrangement is an element that can heighten interest and drama. The use of line in an arrangement is a strong factor in showing these feelings. Where there is a strong line (curved or straight), the eye will follow it. In this way lines can be manipulated to lead the eye, either towards the center of the arrangement or off into the space beyond it. While a strong sense of movement can be created from an ordinary nageire (tall) or moribana (low) container, a well-chosen container can accentuate the feeling of movement by reinforcing the lines the arranger is creating. Some containers standing alone have a feeling of movement and when using them it is important to awork with the movement of the container and not counter it.