Ikebana has been an art of flower arrangement in Japan for over 1,000 years, originally established by the Sui Dynasty 581-619 AD in China. For comparison, Japanese Ikebana is a lot more complex than the traditionally symmetrical flower and plant arrangements found in vases in the West.
Different schools have their own styles, with the three most popular being Ikenobo, Sogetsu and Ohara.
Danica W qualified as an instructor of the Ohara School after several years learning and practising Ikebana in Asia. Two years ago she moved to Auckland with her family. She treats the Ikebana not only as an art, but also as a meditation. It usually needs at least one hour to do an Ikebana work quietly.
Flowers have short lives, however, the deep peaceful experience and wonderful artwork will last longer. Having benefited from Ikebana in spirit and also taste, Danica would like to share Ohara Ikebana with others. Find her on Facebook at Japanese Ikebana Auckland.