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Basics of how to make an Ikebana arrangement, Ohara school.
(click on each photo for larger view)

Branches, leaves and flowers are ready to arrange.

Suiban flat container, kenzan needlepoint holder, and scissors.

Branches are placed as a first step in arranging a basic style of the Ohara School.

Flowers are added to the arrangement.

The Ohara School basic arrangement is complete.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are artificial flowers ever used?  No. Sometimes dried materials are used, even vegetables and fruits.  In modern free-style arrangements inorganic materials such as glass and metal might be used.

At flower shows, why don't ikebana arrangements ever win awards?  While individual arrangers may submit their works, in an ikebana exhibit, arrangements are not judged.

Can ikebana arrangements be purchased?  Because of their construction, arrangements are difficult to transport and materials may be fragile.  The ethereal nature of the arrangements is part of the allure of Japanese approach to flower arranging. Ikebana enthusiasts may be willing to do their work either gratis or for a fee, but usually on site.

Do men study ikebana?  Yes, they do.  Most headmasters of ikebana schools have been men until recent years.

How many styles of ikebana are there?  Hundreds.  Different “schools” teach various styles.  Click on the "Ikebana Schools" link for more information on those represented in the NY area.

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