People in every era have loved flowers, but our predecessors in Ikenobo (oldest and largest school of Ikebana) felt that flowers were not only beautiful but that even they could reflect feelings and the passing of time. When we sense plants' unspoken words and silent movements, we intensify our impressions through a process of arranging them in beautiful ways called Ikebana.
We arrange plants cut and removed from nature so that they are filled with new beauty when placed in a new environment. The recreation and arrangement of branches, leaves, and flowers suggest the forces of nature with which plants live in harmony. Arranging flowers and finding beauty in flowers-these are linked to a heart that values nature and cares for other people. This is the spirit of Ikenobo.
Like a self-made poem or painting of flowers, I am sure that Ikebana will make you feel the beauty of flowers and nature in your hearts.