is a type of ritual flower offering practiced by Japan
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south...

ese Buddhists. It first appeared in the 15th century. The rikka style reflects the magnificence of nature and its display. For example, pine
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 branches symbolize rocks and stones, and white chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemums, often called mums or chrysanths, are of the genus constituting approximately 30 species of perennial flowering plants in the family Asteraceae which is native to Asia and northeastern Europe.-Etymology:...

s symbolize a river or small stream. The rikka style originated with the Ikenobo
Ikenobo is a school of Ikebana, or Japanese floral art.It is the oldest school of Ikebana in Japan, having been founded in the 15th century by the Buddhist monk Ikenobo Senno. The school, currently headed by its 45th generation Iemoto , Ikenobo Sen'ei, is based in the Rokkaku-dō Temple in Kyoto....

 style of Ikebana
is the Japanese art of flower arrangement, also known as .-Etymology:"Ikebana" is from the Japanese and . Possible translations include "giving life to flowers" and "arranging flowers".- Approach :...

 developed by the Senkei school in Kyoto
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 in the late 15th century. It enjoyed a revival in the 17th century, and was used as a decorative technique for ceremonial and festive occasions, though today it is regarded as an antiquated form of flower arrangement and is less frequently practiced.

See also

  • History of Ikebana
  • Zen Buddhism
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