The Essentials of Ikebana Author:Ed. by Patricia Massy When Japan was opened to trade and its "mysteries" revealed to the curious world, among the many arts that aroused surprised admiration was Ikebana. No one else had ever challenged the accepted standard that a rose on the right required another on the left, or that the best that could be done with flowers was to gather a rich profusion into a h... more »ighly decorated vase.
Although asymmetrical design has now become a common practice, still when it comes to flowers, there are few who attempt it, and if they do, it is most likely to be a haphazard jumble. Guidelines are as important today as centuries ago when Ikebana masters realized that certain rules were necessary to bring out the beauty of flowers and control the composition. As in any art, a classical form developed based on complex theories, but the fundamental principles are quite simple, and they are what all modern schools of Ikebana emphasize.« less