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.
Giving flower buds as a floral gift is less common than flower arrangements and bouquets. The significance of flower buds is their symbolism of natural fresh beauty and is commonly given amongst the youth. The benefit of flower buds as a gift is that lasts longer and the receiver has the opportunity to see how the flower blooms.