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Ikebana 101

Maggie Nga-ki Chang
Slanting form using cedar and magnolia, Ohara school of Ikebana


What is Ikebana

Ikebana (生け花), literally means “living flowers”, is Japanese traditional art of arranging cut flowers. It’s also called Kado (華道), ”the way of flowers”.  Recently, Ikebana is popular as interior decoration or delightful hobby.

There are many of the fundamental techniques, you can see some of the same methods in bonsai care.


No one is certain about the origin of Ikebana, but it is said that Ikebana started to flourish in the 16th century. in the earliest days, the principle of beauty was on the forms as they actually existed in their natural state. Over time, the composition became more ideologically important. Thus, techniques were developed to identify sky, earth and people to express the harmonic balance of nature.

How can you start?

It is hard to learn the basic rules of Ikebana and the philosophy behind by yourself. We recommend you to join a class to learn basic skills. You’ll find various lessons in ClassBento. Also searching YouTube video is also good to learn basic ideas and get ready to start your new hobby.


Here are 3 basic items you will use in Ikebana.

1. Ikebana Scissors

Dedicated scissors for cutting flowers and plants. Unlike commonly-used ones, the handle part is longer than the blade itself. There are various types (materials, grips, blade length), we recommend something to fit your hands as you’ll use it for long.

2. Flower Stopper

Something to fix flowers in the flower vase. Kenzan (剣山) , a needlepoint holder, or sponge are commonly used. Or, you can also use flower tape, wire or adhesive depending on the style.

3. Flower Vase (花器)

Various types of flower vases such as plates, tubes, and pots are widely used. Collecting flower vases is a fun part of ikebana journey.

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