Book 5 Lesson 16 Kakebana and Tsuribana Arrangements

Posted: 29 June 2017 ()

Written by Sandy Marker

Today’s lesson was a flurry of activity with students vying for wall space to create their arrangement.

This lesson encompasses two styles: – Kakebana -where the arrangement mounted against the wall and Tsuribana – is where the arrangement hangs freely suspended. One criteria for both styles is that the arrangement must have a container to hold water for the fresh plant material. The containers can be the actual unit (e.g. bamboo tube or ceramic vase with a hole in the back) that is mounted on the wall or a framework is constructed with the container attached to it.

Considerable thought to displaying the arrangement is needed starting with why are you doing this style of arrangement? How high should you hang the work – this is covered in Book 4 ‘To be viewed from above or from below’. Kakebana arrangements are hung on a hook on the wall or you could try using a suction hook on the window. Same with Tsuribana – it can hang in an area where a flat surface is not available such as under the stairs or to one side of an archway. You can also use a freestanding frame to hang work and place it outside by the front door.

Unfortunately I was unable to get many images due to the activity but I think you can see from the few here the works are very creative