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Ikebana: A Fresh Look at Japanese Flower Arranging Hardcover – 15 Apr 2002


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Conran Octopus Ltd (15 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840912472
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840912470
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 1.8 x 28.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 833,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diane Norman is an ikebana master in the Japanese Ohara School of Ikebana. She has studied the subject for more than twenty years. She is a regular contributor to flower arranging magazines and this is her first book

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Oct 2002
Format: Hardcover
The approach of this book is simple. Here is an arrangement. Here is how to do it. Simple instructions, easily followed make it a very accessible book. Excellent photographs show the arrangements in place, bringing an ancient art right up to date. What more do you need?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By psychicdeb on 6 Nov 2012
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Fabulous I loved Japanese flower arranging it so easy to so and looks amazing really. Good book to have ...honest
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Knowing the author and with an interest in Flower Arranging I new Ikebana was my next move, well written easy to follow and essential should anybody wish to take this subject seriously.
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Amazon.com: 13 reviews
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Follow the instructions, 1, 2, 3 24 Feb 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book provides clear and concise instructions on how to produce arrangements. Along with the beautiful pictures, pen sketches show how each flower should be positioned. Arrangements in diverse locations show just how modern ikebana can be. A wonderful read, whether as a guide to ikebana or as a coffee table book.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful Photos 8 Jan 2007
By Writing Chemistry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for the pleasure of viewing, rather than of flower-arranging. The book does a very concise explaining of What is ikebana? and of The Techniques. The picture instructions are simple and easy to follow.

What I love most about the book is the careful and thoughtful planning and presentation of ikebana through the seasons.

I've compared this book to other books at the bookstore, and this by far the only one that lived up to the philosophy and practice of Japanese aesthetics. From what I've read on Zen and its philosophy, there is a concept of "ma" and "wa" - one of which is about enough "blank space" around the art form, that helps the eye to appreciate the quality and beauty of lines / texture / forms / space. This book complies to that philosophy.

I am pleased with the quality of paper, and the general layout of the photos, and there is enough text to support each selected flower-arrangement which is helpful to someone who does not know much about the specific aesthetic discipline that is ikebana.

Thanks.

(On a minor note, the book I bought was printed in 2003, and the cover is different from what is shown on Amazon.com)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good Beginner Book 12 April 2009
By Peter Pan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my mother who knows very little about the art of Japanese flower arranging. The book has lots of photos and a small technical section at the beginning to lay the groundwork. However, it is not too complicated for the average person. There are chapters for each of the four seasons with many large photo examples. The basis of the book is more about aesthetics rather than technique. It explains mostly about the mood you are hoping to achieve. In other words, it is more about the art than the science. It is a good guide for someone interested in creating simple, pleasing Japanese-style flower arrangements for their dinner parties.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
It makes sense!!!! 22 July 2010
By Lizzy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I saw this book in a "posh" decorating shop amd then found it on Amazon for less than half price. The book is a treasure! It explains the science as well as the art of Ikebana in a format that makes sense to a Westerner. I've alread made several arrangements of which I am quite proud. The temptation to add "just one more piece" is always there but the book's guidelines keep one in check. Less is more in Ikebana and now I truly understand the why as well as the how.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic way to begin! 7 Jan 2008
By R. M. Watkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is outstanding! It makes this beautiful art accessible to everyone. I have used it to introduce Ikebana to my students. If I were to own only one book on Ikebana, this would be it!
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