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Hana-isho is divided into two categories: Basic and Advanced. The first step is to master Basic Hana-isho, a simple type of ikebana that can be created and displayed anywhere.

Hana-isho has the following special characteristics:
  1. It is a free kind of ikebana that even beginners can arrange easily.
  2. It is not merely for mastering ikebana techniques, but can be adapted to everyday life, since it is suitable even for small rooms or spaces.
  3. The compositions are simple and beautiful, and you can enjoy expressing the beauty of color combinations, form and the seasons.
  4. With Hana-isho, you are able to display fully your individuality, because you can arrange the principal and auxiliary stems freely according to the characteristics of the materials.
  5. There are two principal stems, the Subject and the Object.

Basic Hana-isho

Rising Form:
Expresses the beauty of the rising appearances of materials that are grouped at the center of the container.

Rising Form

Inclining Form:
Expresses the beauty of the slanting appearances of materials that are grouped at the center of the container.

Inclining Form

Advanced Hana-isho

After practicing Basic Hana-isho, the student proceeds to Advanced Hana-isho. Like the Basic forms, Advanced Hana-isho is a kind of ikebana that makes the most of the unique characteristics of the materials in highly decorative compositions created for the places where people live and work. In addition, some forms can be composed to be viewed from one side only, whereas others can be created to be viewed from many sides.

Special features:
  1. They can be created to decorate any kind of space. Possible containers include articles used in daily life.
  2. Some arrangements are composed to be viewed only from the front, but multisided arrangements can also be created to harmonize with the space being decorated.
  3. While the beauty of color is central to creating Hana-isho, combinations of materials that express seasonal beauty or formal, sculptural beauty are also possible.
  4. The length of the main stems and auxiliary stems, their angles and the positions at which they are inserted are free.
  5. With the exception of the Combined Form, all forms of Advanced Hana-isho have three main stems, the Subject, the Secondary, and the Object.
  6. The Radial Form can be arranged either in a shallow container or in a tall vase.

Radial Form:
The Subject and the Secondary extend the right and left respectively, and the Object is positioned in the center.

Radial Form

One-Row Form:
The composition is created with the three principal stems arrayed in a row with an interesting sense of rhythmic variations in the height and spacing of elements.It may be created in both a multisided version and a version to be viewed from the front.

One-Row Form

Circular Form:
The three principal stems are inserted at different points along the circumference of a circle, or in such a way that they evoke toe apprearance of a circle. They are composed to point outward, producing a concentric circular or spiral sense of movement.

Circular Form

Combined Form (Yosooi):
A tall vase is placed inside a low, wide bow, and forms of Hana-isho are freely combined, one in the vase above and the other in the bowl below.@

Combined Form (Yosooi)

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