Also, I am grateful to Mrs. Johnstone of New York for her careful reviewing of the manuscript; to my daughter, whose secretarial efficiency and untiring fingers organized this material through her typing; and last, but not least, to my wife, who watched over this work as if an umbrella of kindness were lifted above me. Up to now, with the exception of Okakura Kakuzo's excellent account of flowers used in the art of Chanoyu in his delightful The Book of Tea, almost nothing has been available on the subject.
To my knowledge, the present volume is the only book written in English that is wholly devoted to the special form of flower arrangement called Chabana. Chabana is a type of flower arrangement that originated in the tea room called chashitsu for the appreciation of those partaking of cha, or tea. Chabana is not only for decoration, for symbolic representation, or for abstract expression of the self.
If I may cite an episode that took place 2, years ago, Chabana has something in common with one of Shakyamuni Buddha's sermons. Buddha lightly picked a single bloom from a basketful of flowers offered to Him by one of the multitude who came to hear His sermon.
Buddha slowly, silently, held up the flower before the congregation. Among the gathering was one of His disciples, Mahakasyapa, who gently smiled as he apprehended the Buddha's gesture. Chabana may not be a flower arrangement having a Zen-like mission, but it certainly is a flower arrangement appreciated by a mind nourished with the Zen principles of simplicity and directness. Life with Flowers, which Mr. Mittwer has titled the first part of this book, is very appropriate.
In this age of environmental pollution and exploitation of nature, we are overwhelmed by the stress and struggle of society. We should find the room and the time in our minds for a bowl of cha and simple flowers. Life with Flowers means to see and to live with flowers, and to find humanity in a bowl of cha.
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Along with Noh, haiku, sumi paintings, karesansui gardens, raku ceramics, and other beautiful Japanese arts and crafts, Chabana quietly blossomed in the ancient cultural city of Kyoto. The art of Chabana is one of Japan's proud heritages because it is an art form that transcends all national and cultural boundaries. Sad is a home, however practical and economical, when decorated with plastic flowers. Yet it is touching to realize what motivation is behind those artificial blooms—a longing for the beautiful. The love of flowers is universal.
This has been so ever since man separated himself from the brute. Flowers are so much a part of us that we cannot envision life without them. We garland our days from birth to death with flowers. Cities, states, and countries are symbolized by flowers. We name our children after flowers.
They are used for medicine and food; they are dissected and mutilated; they are desired by all, but are often mistreated. The flowers of the field, of the woods, and even the nameless little flowers along the wayside that go unnoticed, speak; their simple but mysteriously beautiful whisper tells us the intimate meaning of life. This action might not be possible to undo.
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