The Ikebana ceremony
The Ikebana ceremony encoded by Master Kikuto Sakagawa is the expression of the creation of a flower arrangement in a state of consciousness. A concretization of the symbolic Triad; Heaven, Man, Earth; Man as the hyphen creator in the Way of the Flowers.
The elements, chosen with care, according to the vase, the type of composition and the season will allow in this setting to give life again to the flowers, which is the litteral sense of Ikebana, and guide them towards the Element Earth.
The fan, the waterpot (mizusashi), the scissors, the flowerholder (kenzan) have roles loaded with symbols who need to be clarified.
The fan, recalling calmness and concentration, should not make forget that for Japanese people the fan is also the expression of peace, confidence and friendship. Like the growing rose-bud recalls the beauty of the rose in full bloom, the open fan (suehirogari) recalls the adulthood of man and his success.
The mizusashi, the waterpot permits to water the plants and participates in their new life. The sound of the water (mizo no oto) reminds us of the vital need of water, essential to life. Thus the sprayer drops off at the end of the composition a mist of dew accentuating the unification with earth, nature and life.
The kenzan is a very important accessory, used all over the world for flower arrangements. It was developped by Master Choka Adachi.
Finally, the scissors about which is said that one recognizes the Master by the noise they make, participate in the elaboration of the bouquet. It's with them that Nature will be respectfully greeted.