Japanese Floral Design
Japanese floral designs were most commonly used for temple displays.
The style starting in the sixteenth century was to just throw flowers together and hope that it worked. In the late nineteenth century they started arranging them to make more sense. They would arrange them into miniature scenes from nature and were designed as upright, slanting, or hanging forms.
To the right is a Azalea
What flowers and what do they mean?
Aster- considered to be a talisman of love (Which is the flower to the right)
Azalea- femininity and softness
Camellia- could mean either unpretending excellence or perfected love, depending on the color.
Chrysanthemum- symbolized the sun
Clematis- mental beauty, art
Hydrangea- vanity and boastfulness or enduring grace and beauty
Iris- faith, valor, and wisdom
Lily- They symbolize that the soul of the departed has received restored innocence after death
Narcissus- Formality and a message to a loved one to say "Stay as sweet"
Peony- Romance and prosperity, are regarded as omens of good fortune an d a happy marriage
Rose- Love and passion
Some of the flowers
Containers and designs
Tall bronze vases
Bamboo, tubular vases with one or more openings, hanging or standing boats, irregular root shapes
Round bowl of pottery or bronze, low, oval or roundish dish, and tall narrow-necked vases
Low container in dark colors or sometimes in light blue and white]
For rikka and shoka
For shoka and nageire
To the right is a magnolia.