6 Japanese Culture
Reiko talks a little about Ikebana and the Japanese tea ceremony.
- Audio Notes
Reiko: Ikebana, it's an art of flowers and it's quite different from Western style flower arrangement because in Ikebana's theory you can decorate one flower, only with one flower.
Anili: Oh, really!
Reiko: And it's, the flower arrangement in Japan is not only decorating flowers but it's an art with flowers and space.
Anili: I see.
Reiko: The air between the flowers and also the room, and everything, it shows the space or even the universe, and that.
Anili: What's another Japanese art?
Reiko: Japanese art? Mm, Ikebana! Tea Ceremony!
Anili: Tea Ceremony!
Reiko: Tea Ceremony!
Anili: Tea Ceremony! Tell me about Tea Ceremony.
Reiko: Tea Ceremony! It's, there's a certain way you have to make tea, not only make tea, there's a certain way to for example wipe a bowl.
Anili: I see.
Reiko: Yes, with one piece of cloth, and you need to learn how to fold the cloth so that you you use each part of the cloth only once to wipe the bowl
Reiko: Yeah, so it's a complicated traditional procedure in a sense but.
Anili: How do you learn that? Is that something that your mother would teach you?
How do people learn that?
Reiko: There's some professionals for both flower arrangement and tea ceremony. So you need to go to a school, yes, and learn from your teacher and their heirarchy and the organization and you need to pass each test to go, climb up the ladder in the heirarchy.
Anili: I see. Fantastic.
Ikebana is an art of flowers different from Western-style
A 'flower arrangement' is a combination of cut flowers put together to make a house decoration. The 'art of flowers' is putting flowers together in this combination. Notice the following:
- The flower arrangements for the wedding are beautiful.
- She has always been talented in the art of flowers.
Ikebana is about the air between the flowers and the room,
space or the universe.
In this case 'space' is used to talk about the area beyond the earth's atmosphere that has other planets. In a more general sense 'space' can be used to describe the open areas around us. Notice the following:
- Part of inner peace is being comfortable with the space
- They use the space in the house really well.
In the tea ceremony, there's a certain way you have to make
A 'certain way' is a specific and particular way of doing something. In this sense kind of like a ritual. A 'tea ceremony' is an event in which tea is prepared and served in a traditional and ritualistic way. Notice the following:
- Is there a certain way you want me to do this?
- Bread must be made in a certain way or it won't turn out
The tea ceremony seems to be a complicated traditional
If something is 'complicated' it is difficult and usually has a lot of details or specific actions that go along with it. Notice the following:
- Is the surgery a complicated procedure?
- I hate this phone because it is really complicated.
climb up the ladder (in the hierarchy)
You need to pass each test to climb up the ladder in the
To 'climb up the ladder' in a social sense means to rise to a higher social position. We can also use 'the ladder' in a professional sense when you get promotions in your job. Notice the following:
- You are really climbing up the ladder at your company.
- She climbed up the ladder by marrying him.