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Origin of Ikebana may be traced back to Antiquity where ever-green trees such as sakaki were considered as God's dwelling place. And in some primitive folklore religion, trees and flowers were dedicated to dead persons for the purpose of comforting their soul. After the introduction of Buddhism in Japan ( around A.D.680 ) customs of dedicating trees and flowers at the alter has gradually developed and in Heian era (794-1185) style of Ikebana as an objective of appreciation or enjoyment was established.

With my mother, through  the study of  flowers and sensitized by the Japanese thought, I gently learned Ikebana.

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In Muromachi era (1338-1573), thanks to the national policy of art promotion taken by successive Shoguns including famous Yoshimitsu Ashikaga, cultural activities such as nogaku and tea ceremony became popular. As a part of these activities, a new architectural style of Shoinzukuri appeared in this era.

Shoinzukuri house is the origin of contemporary Japanese houses, ,having a room with an alcove, shelves and a study room. Flowers were mainly displayed at the fixed place of the alcove, instead of the so far used movable place of wooden plate or desks. Flowers at the alcove urged the birth of the oldest style of flower arrangement Tatebana (flower erecting).  

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When I was a teenager, I had a great passion for Rodin and even more for Camille Claudel which was my egery. 

His  brother, Paul,  was also an example, with his manner. Paul Claudel is named ambassador in Tokyo . The writer is durably marked by the art and  spirituality of this country.  Today he still is an emblematic figure of the history of the French Japanese relationships.

Tatebana matured in Azuchi-Momoyama era (1573-1600). On the other hand Nageire (throw-in) emerged in this era. Flowers at the tea ceremony was also arranged in this manner. In Edo era (1603-1867), Tatebana was at its peak and the style became sophisticated further. However, the simple Nageire was  more popular among the people. A certain degree of formality was also required even for Nageire, to be decorated at an alcove. Thus intermediate style of Tatebana and Nageire emerged and its style was established in the latter part of Edo era. This style of flower arrangement, currently called Ikebana or Kakubana, possessing formality together with simplicity became very popular and gave birth to various schools.

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