The true meaning of Ikebanaand#8212;the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangementand#8212;is to take a few beautiful flowers and plants and tastefully present them in very simple containers to enhance home decor. The 53 elegant arrangements featured in andlt;iandgt;Japanese Ikebana for Every Seasonandlt;/iandgt; are perfect for special occasionsand#8212;Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, birthday, anniversaryand#8212;or any event that calls for a flower bouquet.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The key to good Ikebana arrangements is to understand a few very simple principlesand#8212;like the idea of andlt;iandgt;mitateandlt;/iandgt;, seeing old things with new eyesand#8212;and to learn a few easy techniques to stabilize and support plants inside a vase or container. Using common flowers and plants from the garden, a nearby field or forest, or the local florist, anyone can easily create these lovely Ikebana in just a few minutes.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Authors Rie Imai and Yuji Ueno explain how to select flowers and containers from things that are already aroundand#8212;and then turn them into something special. The basic instructions in the book cover a wide range of styles that encourage readers to use their own creativity rather than copying traditional and highly technical Ikebana design concepts.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;No matter what time of year it is and regardless of your taste or budgetand#8212;the arrangements in this book will lend a touch of Japanese elegance to your home.
andlt;bandgt;Rie Imaiandlt;/bandgt; studied floral design at Parsons New School for Design in New York and the City College of San Francisco. Her ultimate goal is to show how traditional and modern Asian aesthetics may be brought into daily life.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;Yuji Uenoandlt;/bandgt; is an independent floral artist who has developed his own unique philosophy and artistic sensibilityand#8212;by turns outrageously passionate and exceptionally tranquil. Yuji has created his own distinctive style that is not linked with any recognized Japanese Ikebana school, allowing him the freedom to chart his own course. He regularly wins national Ikebana challenge competitions in Japan.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;Noboru Murataandlt;/bandgt; is one of Japan's most accomplished photographers. Based in Tokyo, he works for andlt;iandgt;Elle Deco Japon, Casa Mica Italyandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Elle a Table Japonandlt;/iandgt;. His books include andlt;iandgt;The Sushi Lover's Cookbook, Japan Style, Japanese Gardensandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Japan Homeandlt;/iandgt;.
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