This lovely 100-year-old classic was the first glimpse that Western readers ever had into the Japanese art of ikebana.
The Flowers of Japan and the Art of Floral Arrangement—with its descriptions of flowers suitable to each season and their possible arrangements, its categories such as "felicitous" and "ominous" flowers, as well as many insights into ceremony and custom—has a great deal to not only tell about ikebana but also Japanese culture. Richly illustrated throughout and with 16 color pages of flower arrangements, this beautiful new edition of Conder's classic work retains the period feel of the original.
About the author:
British architect Josiah Conder was invited to Japan by the government to design Western-style buildings in the capital. He arrived in 1852 and remained until his death almost 70 years later. In addition to designing over 50 major buildings, he spent years studying Japanese painting and writing on Japanese flower arrangement.