Water-reflecting Landscape Form
Source: p26
Ohara Reference Book No.19

The styles of the Ohara School fall into eight classifications

Beginners in Ohara must master the basic and advanced
arrangements of Hana-isho before advancing to higher levels.

This form expresses the beauty of crossing three principle stems and colour.


This form expresses the beauty of plants brought out by the mutual interaction in three-dimensional space. There are no rules governing the size, angle or direction of materials. To capture the sculptural beauty of the materials themselves leads naturally to the expression of three dimensional beauty in Hanamai. Therefore it is necessary to take a flexible approach and develop a good eye for the colours, forms and textures of the materials.

One of the basic forms of Ikebana and uses flat containers. It is a highly creative form of ikebana in which all sorts of materials can be arranged freely.

One of the basic forms of Ikebana and employs tall cylindrical vases.


This is a type pf ikebana that is based on the highly decorative works of the Rimpa School, which flourished during the Edo Period in Japan.


This form of ikebana is based on a Japanese interpretation of the taste of Chinese Bunjin, or literati.


Sculptural arrangements.