Kadō is the Japanese art of flower arrangement

"Kadō" is a floral arrangement in Japan, combining a variety of materials in which the main element is four-season flowers. Just like other traditional arts such as tea ceremony, Kadō also attaches importance to the ritual style of flower arrangement.


Kadō not only use flowers but also branches, grass, leaves, algae are used. Kadō is also called "Ikebana".


Tools which are used and some major flower schools:


Kado originated from the ceremony of offering flowers to the Buddha

Kado originated from the ceremony of offering flowers to the Buddha


The instruments used in Japanese flower arrangement include flower vases, flower pots, tables, scissors, vases. There are 3 basic flower schools: "Tachibana" - the oldest flower arrangement, many flowers will be planted in a high vase, "Jiyuka" - this is an unstructured flower arrangement, freedom to express ideas, Ikebana can only use up to three types of material, and through its nature, express the strong sprout that rises from the ground.


In Ikebana art , flowers are in harmony with the color and decoration of the room and jar ... symbolize the natural, earth, human (heaven, earth, people). The arrangement of the flowers will make a lot of sense. For example, sparse branches will appear for winter or, conversely, many branches intertwined will symbolize summer. Moreover, flower buds will mean the future, budding flowers mean the present, and the blossom that has blossomed almost literally means the past.


Like the tea ceremony, Japanese flower arrangement is a traditional culture of Japan.

Like the tea ceremony, Japanese flower arrangement is a traditional culture of Japan.


At present, there are 2000 to 3000 members of Kadō in the United States, of which "Ikenobo" is proud to be the oldest and most crowded school.


The habit of enjoying beautifully planted flowers in the vase dates back to the Heian period (794-1185).


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There is a theory that the Japanese religion of Japan originated from the ceremonial flower offering before Buddhism originated from Buddhism. And in the "Higashiyama" culture of the "Muromachi" (1336-1573), the monks of "Kyōto-Rokkakudō" called "Ikenobo" created the "Tachibana" flower arrangement along with the formation in the architectural style of "Shoin-zukuri". Along with the birth of Kadō, people have the habit of arranging flowers and decorating in the corner. The Kadō was prevalent in the upper classes and martial arts classes, but since the middle of the Edo period (1603-1868), it has become quite widespread to the public in terms of single flower arrangement which was called "Ikebana", since then many other schools of flowers were born. 


Ikebana is the famous flower arrangement of Japan.

Ikebana is the famous flower arrangement of Japan.


Ritual in t Kadō


In the Kadō, people often think that grass flowers are human beings as well, and they try to show the beauty and soul of the flowers on the flowers. When admiring the flowers, you also need to know how to enjoy it.


First, when viewing, the viewer will sit on a mat . After looking at the entire vase structure, how to combine the materials, vase, vase, the viewer will bow their head to thank to the flower arrangers. In the case of enjoying the art of free flowering "Jiyushka", at the stage or event, there is no special ritual for the flower viewer. But in the special row, the person who looks at the flowers will greet the flower arrangers before the show.


With love and great care for the nature of the Japanese, Kadō flower arrangement has become one of the cultural characteristics of Japan and is very popular. Kadō flower arranging schools have been around the world, bringing people the beauty of nature.