Reading about the art of Ikebana, an art of flower arranging, reminded me of what we read this week in “Arranging Things” by Koren. The arrangements are spare yet striking. Ikebana aims to convey a rhetoric rooted in Japanese Shinto culture, which emphasizes the residence of God in nature. Across all time, Ikebana emphasizes a balance between opposites. Traditional Ikebana is a practice based on a system of rules and guidelines. While modern day Ikebana artists now tend to follow their own personal intuition and connection to the flowers more, the practice is still methodical and deliberate, aiming to express a connection to nature and its duality.

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