Ikebana (生け花) is a Japanese term for the zen art of flower arrangement
The main feature of Japanese Ikebana, is that the purposes of the flower arrangement are not limited to a pure aesthetic factor.
Unlike the common habits, according to which you make or buy a bunch of flowers aiming to do it as beautiful as possible, the Ikebana is an art that goes beyond, and that starts with the process of creating the composition as a moment of research and self-expression in the "work" that is being created.
The origins of Ikebana can be traced back to the sixth-seventh century AD, when Buddhism began to spread in Japan from China.
Initially they were simply floral votive offerings.
The first school ever was founded by the Buddhist monk Ikenobo Senkei
in the fifteenth century, and corresponds to what is now called Rikka Shofutai
style, a very stiff and formal style, rich in symbolism, rarely practiced today.
Today in Japan there are about 3,000 schools of Ikebana, and many thousands more are scattered throughout the world.
Guided tours, activities and other things to do
If you are planning a trip to Japan and you want to add something special besides the visit of the different monuments and famous places, we suggest you to use the site Govoyagin
. This is a very useful site to enrich your travel experience, especially if you are going solo or it's your first time in Japan and, for language barriers and more, and you will not have many opportunities to interact with the locals and to enjoy something different from the famous places marked in the tourist guides.
What Govoyagin is
Govoyagin is a website where you can find many particular activities all over Japan (and not only in Japan).
You can buy tickets online for some famous attractions, but also book tours and really special experiences with locals ready to guide you and take you to places outside the tourist circuits that you would hardly ever find by yourself. Last but not least, you can reserve a table in hundreds of restaurants.
On Govoyagin you can buy tickets in advance to visit the Tokyo Tower
or the Tokyo Sky Tree
, but also book guided tours of Kyoto temples accompanied by a samurai
, or to go around the streets of Osaka on a go-kart dressed as Super Mario
, or even play videogames against an unbeatable Japanese otaku at his place
Last but not least, if you need to reserve your table in some restaurants, such as the legendary 3-star Michelin
, also in this case you can find this kind of service for sale on Govoyagin.
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