Admiration for beauty of flowers is universal across cultures and times. In Japan, arranging flowers started as a religious act whereby flowers were offered to the Buddha. With time, the tradition spread to the warrior class and then to the society at large, leading to the art of ikebana as we know it today. For this week’s culture practicum, we learned about the historical and philosophical aspects of the tradition, after which we created our own ikebana compositions in the style of Ikenobo School.