Ikebana flower arrangements represent a Japanese art form that brings together nature and humanity, creativity and discipline, using fresh or dry plant material. What makes ikebana unique is its asymmetrical form that also uses empty space and harmonizes the contents, container and setting of the arrangement.
The main features of ikebana flower arrangements are harmonies of shade, elegance of lines and the retention of natural shapes. The presence of an underlying and symbolic meaning in the final piece helps to make it more than a mere floral decoration. Ikebana takes into account nature as a whole and in its ever-changing form by using not just flowers and buds but also fresh or withered leaves, flowerless branches, moss, grass, seed pods and fruit.