If you have every stayed in Japan and had experience of visiting the first class Japanese cuisine restaurant where beautiful ladies dressed in Japanese traditional clothing called “Kimono” serve customers, you must have found beautiful Ikebana arrangements displayed near the front desk or at the entry of restaurants.
Ikebana arrangements match and fit the atmosphere of typical Japanese traditional luxurious restaurant called “Ryotei” or “Kappou” . This is can be said a right decoration at a right place. Only because it is not affordable to make a decoration of Ikebana arrangement and also we seldom find the same level of such luxurious Japanese restaurant in the United States, we rarely find really nice Ikebana arrangement creating gorgeous and luxurious Japanese atmosphere in America.
Another reason behind seldom finding such floral arrangement at such a luxurious Japanese restaurant in the States is because of the difference in entertaining customs between Japan and America. Over there in Japan, it has been quite popular to entertain customers by inviting them to a dinner at the first class Japanese restaurant.
Even important meetings among politicians and congressman/senators are often held at such kind of restaurants. However in the United States entertaining customers is not so popular compared to the situation in Japan. Needless to say we seldom find not only such luxurious Japanese restaurant but also professional Ikebana designer in America, which also makes it difficult for us to find beautiful Japanese Ikebana arrangements in our daily life.
If you are familiar with Ikebana, you must know that Ikebana arrangement often features other materials than flowers themselves. They often use greeneries such as large leaves, ferns and horse tail as well as thin branches such as curly willow without using flowers. This way of arrangement does not look so colorful but creates a little bit different kind of atmosphere.
Not only regarding the materials for design elements but also regarding the way of arranging they often make different way of approach by way of using Kenzan and Suiban that are quite often used for traditional Ikebana arrangements. Kenzan is a needle-point holder made of heavy metal on which so many needles are mounted so that stems of elements can be inserted to hold flowers and fresh materials. Another tool is Suiban that is a shallow type of container designed specifically for Ikebana arranging. Since it is shallow and flat, it is easy to place Kenzan in its center. By this way, they can make Ikebana arrangement that offers a different kind of floral decorations.
And actually such arrangements certainly match and fit the atmosphere of Japanese traditional luxurious restaurant. If you are not familiar with Ikebana and interested in learning Ikebana arrangements, you are recommended to take lessons from a reliable instructor who is officially certified and well experienced.
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