Ikebana classes have started up again. It's always fun to do this during the spring, because of all the beautiful blossom branches that can be used for Shin and Soe
Materials used in this Ikebana arrangement:
Purple Leaf Plum (Prunus cerasifera)
Gerbra Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
From my text book on today's lesson:
Removing Soe from the Basic Upright Style, we have the Variation No. 4 Upright Style. Placement of the Kenzan is (1). However, it does not mean that the distinguishing characteristics of the style is achieved simply by excluding Soe. To create the ultimate expression of simplicity, reduced to the bare essentials, real tension is required in the composition. When Soe is taken away, the importance of Shin and Hikae are increased. Shin is placed so as to be distinctive. Hikae is measured correctly so that it should not be too long. Jushi are added in such a way that they are not mistaken for Soe, but are functional and have a simple expression.