Ancient form of Japanese flower arrangement leads students to find peace, nature
The Japanese art of flower arranging is an ancient art form aimed at helping students find peace and beauty while connecting with nature.
âTheoretically, we are supposed to work in silence,â explains Jean-Marcel Duciaume, teacher at the Edmonton Ikenobo Ikebana Study Group.
“I call it a moving meditation, which is why it is so peaceful.”
However, the origins of the art form may have been less contemplative, Duciaume said.
The monks offered flowers to Buddha, but began to compete with each other over who could offer the best flower arrangement, he said.
In the 1400s, monks wrote the first book on the Ikenobo School of Flower Art.
This week, Duciaume’s study group was honored with a rare visit from a teacher of this art form.
Mayumi Chino, teacher at Ikenobo School in Kyoto, Japan, came to inspire the students of the group.
Chino said the difference between Ikebana and North American flower arrangement is a matter of space.
“The Ikenobos see something between the flowers. In space, sometimes (we) feel the wind and sometimes we see the rain.”
Duciaume said working with Chino will leave a lasting impact on his students.