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1st Edition

Japanese Flower Culture – An Introduction

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ISBN 9781032164694
November 30, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
208 Pages 94 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to ikebana and other forms of Japanese flower culture. Unlike other books on the subject which focus on practice, the book provides both an academic discussion of the subject and an introduction to practice. It examines ikebana and flower culture from anthropological and sociological perspectives, analyses Japanese aesthetics, customs and rituals related to flower arrangements, and outlines ikebana history and the Grand Master Iemoto system. It considers how the traditional arts are taught in Japan, and links traditional arts to current issues in today’s society, such as gender and class. This book also covers how to prepare ikebana utensils, preserve flowers and branches, and how to appreciate arrangements, placing an emphasis on acknowledging our five senses throughout each stage of the process. The book will be of interest to a wide range of people interested in Japanese flower culture – university professors and students, tourists and people interested in traditional Japanese arts.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Decorations, rituals and symbols 2. Philosophy and aesthetics 3. History 4. Iemoto system 5. Tea flower 6. Japanese garden 7. Literature 8. Gender and class 9. Traditional arts education 10. Utensils and ikebana arrangements 11. Future

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Kaeko Chiba is an Associate Professor of International Liberal Arts at Akita International University, Japan.