It is said that the practice of flower arranging was originally used in Japan to pay tribute to the gods, and the floral arrangements were therefore considered sacred. In Japan, historical records documenting the appearance of traditional flower arrangements date back to about 500 years ago. It was in the seventeenth century that followers of this new form of artistic expression started creating the rules leading to the formation of what would eventually become the disciplinary art that is now known as Ikebana. The diversity of forms and methods that were developed over time made Ikebana a much more sophisticated form of art. In the end, Ikebana has become a discipline where the stage for the artistic expression is set by the harmony achieved through the combination of natural materials (flowers, stems and branches), the container, and the lines and forms that characterize the art of Japanese flower arrangement.
The flower designs made by sticking to a recipe, formula or following a picture are not the most imaginative and certainly are not original. These types of flower designs are expected from floral shops that satisfy orders for FTD, Teleflora, 1𗘸Flowers, and other flower wire companies. This is because customers order a floral design based upon a photo or image and request the exact same thing. It is likened to a franchise where you order from a menu and that's what you get, no matter which franchise you visit.