Thursday, 20 March 2014

Peaceful Harbor

Boat arrangement.
Sansevieria trifasciata and Calla Lilly.

The boat arrangement is a very old type of Shôka arrangement. It's usually hanging, either from the ceiling or wall-mounted, symbolizing a ship going out on the sea or coming back again. The Oki-fune or Tomari-bune arrangement depicts a ship at harbor. This style can also be placed at a table and should be a very peaceful arrangement - a boat at total rest.

The Sogetsu school doesn't teach the old classic ikebana styles, but uses them for inspiration. With a reference to old symbolic codes this Shôka-inspired arrangement says: Well done, you've made it through the storm. Now is the time for resting and regaining peace.


Gail said...

Very nice and thanks for the history behind it.

nordic lotus said...

Thanks for the encouragement Gail. I appreciate the feedback.

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