The Art of Ikebana Sangetsu
Creating Paradise with Flowers
Mokichi Okada said, “If flowers are arranged in every place, they will greatly heal people’s minds,” and in 1949 advocated the transformation of society into paradise with flowers. He encouraged people to arrange flowers in their houses and told them the importance of introducing flowers in their daily lives. He also encouraged people to grow flowers. He himself grew flowers in his garden and particularly loved to arrange seasonal flowers in rooms in his house.
“It is important to develop and uplift human consciousness through beauty. For that purpose, I would like to encourage people to place flowers everywhere, as the best means of promoting the love of beauty.
Put flower arrangements in your homes, offices, and in every building. Just a single flower in a vase would create a refreshing atmosphere wherever it is placed.
It would be ideal if we could see flowers in every jail, and in each prison cell. This would have an immeasurably good effect on the inmates’ mental well-being.
If there are flowers wherever there are people, the negativity of today’s world will be considerably alleviated.”
Ikebana translates as “Giving life to flowers”, representing our desire to bring out the inner beauty of the flowers. Sangetsu translates as “Moon over mountain” a name chosen by Meishu-sama in memory of his beloved teahouse, known as the Sangetsu Pavillion. He would visit his teahouse almost every day, arranging flowers in the alcove, and inviting guests to share in the tea ceremony with him.
Ikebana has been practiced in Japan for hundreds of years, and currently there are several thousand schools or styles of Ikebana world-wide.
Ikebana Sangetsu was established in Japan on June 15, 1972, based on the flower arrangements and philosophy of Meishu-sama:
“Those who love
And appreciate flowers
Their grace and beauty
Have hearts equally as beautiful.”