Ikebana (Flower Arrangement)

Spring Semester Japanese Traditional Arts IV
Ikebana (Flower Arrangement)
2 credits

Instructor: NAKAHARA Sakuraho

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Course Description

Ikebana, or the art of Japanese flower arrangement, shares traditional techniques of Japanese design with Japanese architecture, landscaping, calligraphy, and other traditional arts. This course is designed to broaden knowledge and familiarity of Ikebana through the first hand experience of flower arrangement as well as to cultivate a fundamental understanding of Japanese culture. We will consider why Japanese traditionally arranged flowers, as well as the meaning of the art in a contemporary setting.

* A Maximum of 20 students may be accepted into this course


Fourteen weeks.

  1. Lecture and introduction (History, meaning, techniques and allure of the art)
  2. Freestyle (upright) Capturing the form (Shui)
  3. Freestyle (upright) Using curves (Shui)
  4. Freestyle (upright) Using the branches (Shui)
  5. Freestyle (upright) Using the branches (Kyakui)
  6. Freestyle (upright) Propping up the flower arrangement (Shuii)
  7. Freestyle (semi-split) Using linear curves (Shui)
  8. Freestyle (semi-split) Adjusting branches so they are straight (Kyakui)
  9. Freestyle (slanted) Using the branches (Shui)
  10. Freestyle (slanted) Using the branches (Kyakui)
  11. Ikebana (grasses) Classical flower arrangement
  12. Colorful flowers: self arrangement
  13. Ikebana for children
  14. The future of Ikebana (from a design point of view)

Grading Criteria

Class participation (Attendance is most important)


“Moribana,” Misho-ryuu Sasaoka
“Hanaeda no Sunhohyo,” by Misho-ryu Sasaoka

More information: http://www.kadou.net

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