cloth, 208 pp., $49.95
Those interested in the Japanese art form of flower arranging will find this updated work by an educator and recognized authority of this discipline an outstanding and inspiring introduction to classic and contemporary styles. As a master of several Zen arts, including Ikebana, author Shozo Sato presents historical styles and modern innovative versions of floral design that interpret the classic forms. Heavily illustrated, the text includes information on the basic tools, techniques, and vases used in constructing an arrangement; this is followed by lessons on the fundamentals of various types of designs. Japanese plant symbolism, discussed in supplementary material, relates their particular language of flowers, still relevant in Japanese society. Elegant photography captures the exciting beauty of the art form in both traditional and dramatic contemporary expressions.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden