Welcome to Ikebana Switzerland, your central landing page for all activities related to ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, in Switzerland.
Represented on this page are the three Ikebana International (I.I.) chapters in Switzerland. I.I. is an international non-profit organisation based in Japan. The Geneva, Zurich and Basel chapters offer members and interested parties a platform to get to know each other and network, and to participate in exciting and interesting workshops and events. Also represented are various schools as well as individuals who practice and teach ikebana.
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We look forward to your visit and are happy to receive your feedback and answer any questions you may have.
What is ikebana?
Ikebana (生け花) is the Japanese art of arranging flowers. Translated it means "living flowers". The meditative form of ikebana is called kadō (華道 "Path of Flowers"). Practitioners both teachers and their students of kadō are called kadōka (華道家).
In ikebana, flowers and twigs are arranged in vessels such as bowls, vases, cylinders and others. Ikebana is not just about placing flowers, it means more:
- rejoicing in the beauty of nature
- taking time to create a living piece of art
- creating something new again and again
- growing further
- cultivating friendship through flowers
An ikebana arrangement is a work of art inspired by nature. Harmony is the soul of an arrangement that radiates tranquility and inspires contemplation. The natural beginning is expressed as well as the passing away. Ikebana is a path. Eternity is foreign to the Japanese art of flower arranging, for nature and life are subject to constant change.
The art of ikebana is always evolving. Modern, sometimes very abstract arrangements have their place just as much as traditional forms that have amazed the viewer for over a thousand years. The different schools of ikebana cultivate different styles, but the basics of ikebana art are the same everywhere.
Here is a selection of other events in Switzerland relating to Japanese culture. If you would like to add one, please contact us.
Further events are listed at Swiss-Japanese Society and Deutsch-Japanische Gesellschaft Freundeskreis Nagai-Bad Säckingen.
- Yoko Ono
Kunsthaus Zürich, – 29 May 2022
- Exhibition «Die Poesie der Tusche SUMI-E: Japanische Tuschmalerei»
JICC Bern, 23 May – 7 June 2022
- Exhibition «Making NUNO: Japanese Textile Innovation from Sudō Reiko»
Textilmuseum St. Gallen, 11 March – 18 September 2022
- Exhibition «The Samurai Legend»
Bernisches Historisches Museum, 04 November 2021 – 05 June 2022
- Exhibition «Enlightened: The Realm of the Buddhas»
Museum der Kulturen Basel, 20 November 2020 – 22 January 2023