The Japanese art of flower arranging, Ikebana, began as Ikenobo, which is Buddhist floral offering.
Today, Ikenobo, the name of the organization, has branch chapters worldwide.
The building pictured right is the headquarters, in Kyoto.
It is located on Karasuma Dori, south of Sanjo, in downtown. The building itself is grim in many ways.
First, it is not clear how the design of this brutal building is related to or represents ikebana.
Second, it is on a boulevard that once had many examples of Meiji Period architecture: elegant brick banks and insurance companies built in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Some of these have survived and have been renovated and reborn as restaurants, etc. Most however met the wrecking ball and were replaced by nondescript modern buildings - or, worse, by the likes of Ikenobo Headquarters.
Behind the building is Rokkakudo Temple.
Below left is a seasonal floral arrangement at the foot of the building.
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010
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