Ikebana is the ancient Japanese art of flowers
Different kinds of art use different elements: the sounds of music, the colors of a painting, the stone of a sculpture, the words of a poem.
Ikebana's main materials are tree
branches and flowering plants.
People often argue
whether Ikebana is a true art or not, sometimes citing the short lifetime of Ikebana artworks. In the opinion of Ishida Ikebana's present Iemoto (headmaster) Shusui Ishida, this argument loses its
validity when one realizes that the life span of a human
being is itself just an instant in the time frame of the universe.
Art is anything that moves a person's spirit through the emotional
impact of beauty, no matter the material form or genre.
Ikebana communicates the emotional
impact of beauty. The wide range of artistic
possibilities of Ikebana is used to express in an unique way the emotions that burn in our
ephemeral lives. Mutual influences between different art genres inspire new artistic expression - there are so many wonderful examples of painting and sculpture genres, music genres and music-centered religions, etc., that resemble and enrich each other. Ishida Ikebana followers believe that freely absorbing influences from other art genres is very important for the world of modern Ikebana.
Ishida Ikebana wants to express simply and directly in flowers the feelings of the moment, to have the flowers challenge the spirit regardless of formal style. If you feel the beauty of flowers, no matter whether in a flower shop, in the mountains, when you are sick, sad or in love, you are ready to share your emotions through the art of Ishida Ikebana.