I've always been drawn to the minimalist aesthetic
found in classic Japanese art, poetry and philosophy
with its spirit of simplicity and belief that "less is more."
The Japanese art of ikebana (flower arranging)
particularly embodies these ideals, expressed
not only through limited use of flowers
and greenery, but also in the asymmetry
of their arrangement, direction and height.
I have tried my inexpert hand at creating
three ikebana arrangements, which I
photographed beside some souvenir trinkets
brought back from our trip to Japan in 2012.
(1) Gladiolus with two
modified gladiolus leaves
and a maneki-neko (beckoning cat):
(2) Iris with a modified weed
from my back alley
and a cat coaster:
(3) Star of Bethlehem with
modified pine and juniper fronds
and a fish kites banner:
[Photos © Debra She Who Seeks, August 2021]