The Art of Hanamasa
Everyday Flower Arrangements in Kyoto Vol. 2
Seigensha Art Publishing, 2018
Hanamasa is one of the oldest florists in Japan, having been established in the Fushimi ward of Kyoto around 160 years ago to deliver flowers to the city’s famous shrines and temples. Since then, it has grown into a modern practice that nevertheless carefully preserves the traditions of ikebana, or Japanese flower arrangement. Fitting flowers to a particular room or space requires untold consideration and patience. The end result is a seamless adornment, a unity of purpose that blends the flower arrangement with the room and even extends to the entire house. This book displays the results of Hanamasa’s meticulous and beautiful work in all kinds of scales and contexts.