“Kado” is the art of flower-arrangement and it is also called “Ikebana”.
“Kado” is a type of “Ikebana”, an art of combining plants such as flowers and trees, with the aspect of Geido (accomplishments).
“Kado” is definitely one representative of Japanese Traditions.
A widely-accepted theory is that Kado originated from floral offerings being presented at a Buddhist alter, together with the introduction and development of Buddhism.
Today, ‘Kado’ often refers to flower arrangement that prevailed in the Bunka-Bunsei era (1804-1830) during the late Edo period.
Kado is also called as Ikebana .
However, ‘Kado’ places more emphasis on the aspect of seeking for the teachings of Buddha than ‘Ikebana.’
Kado was established during the mid Muromachi period (1333-1573) by monks of Choho-ji Temple (Rotsukakudo) in Kyoto.
It is said that there are 144 schools in “Kado”.
A different types of flowers are arranged in a style differs among various schools.
From the end of the Edo period (1603 – 1868) until the early Meiji period (!868 – 1912), Kado and Ikebana was introduced to the West thanks to the “Japonisme” (worldwide Japanese culture boom), and this gave a significant influence to European floral decoration as a technique of vertical flower arrangement.
It can be said that the act itself to decorate the flowers is universal, however, it is a unique idea to decorate flowers with the aim of “state as if flowers bloom naturally”.
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