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Portland Ohara School of Ikebana Exhibition

Ohara Ikebana / Photo by Jonathan Ley

What distinguishes ikebana from other approaches to flower arrangement is its asymmetrical form and the use of “empty” space as essential features of the composition. A sense of harmony among the materials, the container, and the setting is also crucial. Ikebana shares these aesthetic characteristics with traditional Japanese paintings, gardens, architecture, and design. Members of the Portland Chapter of the Ohara School of Ikebana set the tone for autumn with an array of exquisite designs on display in the Yanai Classroom.