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Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arrangement Hardcover – September 15, 1995


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  • Hardcover: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Japan Publications Trading (September 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870409581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870409585
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #817,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author


REIKO TAKENAKA has given many demonstrations, and has designed and arranged many displays for numerous events, including demonstrations before state guests. Now she plays an active apart in domestic and international scenes of cultural exchange as an ikebana artist, in such cities as New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Geneva.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By katyasim on February 21, 2004
The problem with this book is that most of the shown arrangements are plainly not beautiful. They don't look balanced as real ikebana should look, containers don't seem suitable for flowers, color combinations are not always harmonious, and in many cases it is not clear why this is called ikebana at all. There are some pieces of useful information such as diagrams, tools, and tips, but I don't think it reasonable to buy the book for those 10 pages (like I did).
There is a really great book on ikebana: "The art of arranging flowers; a complete guide to Japanese ikebana" by Shozo Sato, but it is out of print I am afraid. For examples of good ikebana look at these sites: [...] [...] [...]
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By nekko1 VINE VOICE on December 28, 2001
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This is a clearly written, well thought out explanation of the basics of Ikebana. The photographs demonstrating the combinations of materials, and their height relative to each other, are great as examples for beginners. Many ikebana teachers don't speak English well, so this book is useful for a cross reference for something you were taught in class. One problem - there are many schools of ikebana so the book has to be quite generic in its explanations, which is not necessarily how your particular school may approach a certain principle. But again, as a study supplement to a class, it works well.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "arinip" on August 11, 2000
Many ikebana books shows a very traditional way of arranging flower. This book, however, shows a simpler and more modern way arrangement with the result of nice and unusual looks of flower arrangement. The step-by-step is helpful and quite detailed. The book shows lots of different variations for cool vases or containers as well.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 2004
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I got this book to go with Origami Flowers by Hiromi Hayashi. Reiko Takenaka does a good job explaining how to make an arrangement that looks like the pictures, with step by step instructions and clear diagrams. Some of the containers seem to clash with the flowers, and some of the special occasions arrangements are lost in translation for someone not intimately familiar with Japanese culture like me. My only real criticism, however, is that the book does not really explain any principles about why and how and what looks good - it's more a menu to find an arrangement that looks nice in the picture and repeat it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "arinip" on August 11, 2000
Many ikebana books shows a very traditional way of arranging flower. This book, however, shows a simpler and more modern way arrangement with the result of nice and unusual looks of flower arrangement. The step-by-step is helpful and quite detailed. The book shows lots of different variations for cool vases or containers as well.
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