Ikebana > the ancient japanese art of flower arranging, is guided by the desire to create harmnony between flowers and their surroundings. Thought tu be rooted as far back as 600 AD, its name comes from the japanese ikeru ( to keep alive, to arrange and hana flower. A sophisticated art. form with its emphasis con form and balance ikebana is also an unparalleled mediative activity. Japanese masters have developed the techniques of ikebana over centuries and, while many diferent styles have envolved they all share the same fundamental principles. The art embodies aesthetic considerations , knowledge of the natural forms of plants , and a profund under ? standing of the space around them. Ikebana > Japanese Flower Arranging for today?s interior equips you with the principles and techniques to begin making your own arrangements , as well as plenty of beautiful photographs for inspiration. These illustrations will teach you to incorporate the elements that surround you in your designs, while addresing surch practical considerations as the placement of the flowers, the time of year, and the changing seasons. In addition to the incomparable satisfaction of creating beauty in your home, the contemplative art of ikebana will prove a perfect escape from the stresses of everyday life.