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What is Ikebana? 
Although it is difficult to identify the true origins of Ikebana, the general belief is that it stems from the offering of flowers to the Buddha. At the beginning of the sixth century, when Buddhism was brought to Japan, the custom of dedicating flowers came with it . It was this custom that developed into the art of Ikebana. Another view is that customs of ancient times, such as putting up evergreen trees and arranging flowers to call the spirit-gods, developed into Ikebana. Read more about the history of Ikebana...