Etymologically, the origins of the name Ikebana comes from two Japanese words: ikeru, which means to give or conserve life, and hana, which translates as flower. There is an old Japanese saying relating to Japanese flower arrangement that goes kokoro wo ikeru, which literally means to give life to your heart. In all cultures, nature has always been an essential source for healing of the soul. In Japan, the use of flowers to enrich the spirit has been part of the culture since ancient times. By extension, Ikebana is also considered a form of artistic expression meant to enrich and heal the spirit.
Compact contemporary designs made to sit on coffee tables or shelving units arranged in deep colored stylish vases have maximum impact when packed with white roses and steel colors. Stunning bouquets comprising of clusters of the brightest yellow roses and separate clusters of fragrant blue hyacinths divided by folded banana leaves is exquisitely elegant.