What is Ikebana?

What is Ikebana?Ikebana is the general term applied to any style of Japanese floral art or flower arranging. The arrangement of flowers in Japan is an elaborate and unique form with highly developed conventions and complex symbolism. The art stems from the custom of offering flowers to Buddha. It was introduced to Japan in the seventh century by the Japanese Ambassador to China. Buddhist priests, warriors and noblemen practiced the art. But after the beginning of the twentieth century it was also taken up by women.

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