Ikebana Mini Lessons #9

In this article, we introduce you the technique of various shoka styles using much loved plants “Kakitsubata”(Iris laevigata). The 9th topic is about, Kakitsubata arranged in “Gedan Nagashi” style. 

The technique of Gedan (lower part) Nagashi uses nagashi as tai (tai-saki) which is positioned in the forefront, or ashirai branch behind tai or tai-saki. 

When using nagashi as tai, tai-saki extends more widely to in-kata (ying side) than usual.

For nagashi as ashirai behind tai, tai should be shorter than usual and the ashirai extends forward as if it jumps over the tai.

For kakitsubata shoka, the longest one of the batch of three leaves of tai stretches out toward in-kata (ying side) as Gedan Nagashi. In this case, the tip of the leaf should not droop but it should be slightly curved upward.

The attached picture is the work which tai is used as nagashi. As of this example, letting soe extend upward (without flowing sideways) as if closing with shin, give a good balance in the entire work.