The Japanese Way of the Flower: Ikebana as Moving Meditation
This book shows how simple Japanese flower arranging (ikebana) techniques can be used to refresh the body and restore the spirit. Emphasizing that ikebana is first and foremost a "Way"--a spiritual and meditative art--the book offers solid grounding in Japanese aesthetics and philosophy, with references to Zen, tea ceremony, and other traditional Japanese arts. Line drawings and color photographs show step-by-step arrangements especially for beginners and casual practitioners.
H. E. Davey is author of Brush Meditation: A Japanese Way to Mind & Body Harmony and is head of the Sennin Foundation Center for Japanese Cultural Arts. Ann Kameoka is a licensed 1st-grade instructor in Ikenobo ikebana. Both authors live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
See the excerpt from The Japanese Way of the Flower that was published in the Fall 2000 issue of Michi Online: Journal of Japanese Cultural Arts. The Japanese Way of the Flower: Ikebana as Moving Meditation is no longer in print, but the book in its entirety appears in the anthology The Japanese Way of the Artist.