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17-09-2014, 11:51

Dushanbe to Host Ikebana Floral Art Demonstration

Avesta.Tj | 17.09.2014 | Ikebana floral art and Kimono demonstrations will take place here at Ismaili center on Sept. 21, the Japanese embassy said on Wednesday.


According to the embassy, the demonstration organizer is Ms. Midori Yamada, the master of Japanese art and traditional clothing.


Ikebana ("living flowers”) is the Japanese art of flower arrangement, also known as kado ("way of flowers”).


Although the precise origin of Ikebana is unknown, it is thought to have come to Japan as part of Buddhist practice when Buddhism reached Japan in the 6th century.


The offering of flowers on the altar in honor of Buddha was part of worship. Ikebana evolved from the Buddhist practice of offering flowers to the spirits of the dead.


The first classical styles of Ikebana started in the middle of the fifteenth century, the first students and teachers of Ikebana were Buddhist priests and members.


As time passed, other schools emerged, styles changed, and Ikebana became a custom among the Japanese society.


The kimono (literally means a "thing to wear”) is a Japanese traditional garment.


Kimono are T-shaped, straight-lined robes worn so that the hem falls to the ankle, with attached collars and long, wide sleeves. Kimono are wrapped around the body, always with the left side over the right and secured by a sash called an obi, which is tied at the back. Kimono are generally worn with traditional footwear (especially zōri or geta) and split-toe socks (tabi).


Today, kimono are most often worn by women, and on special occasions. Traditionally, unmarried women wore a style of kimono called furisode, with almost floor-length sleeves, on special occasions. A few older women and even fewer men still wear the kimono on a daily basis. Men wear the kimono most often at weddings, tea ceremonies, and other very special or very formal occasions.