Types of Ikebana-Heika
(also called rikka, shoka, or seika) is a basic
style of ikebana arrangement that uses a tall vase and highlights
vertical lines. The biggest feature is the emphasis on bringing out
the flowers' natural charms and arranging them in a tasteful and
Vases with a narrow
opening or tall, jar-shaped containers are used, with the stems being
bundled tightly together at the mouth. Crosspieces are used to fasten
the stems to the vase.
arrangements consist of three main elements--the primary, secondary,
and ornamental stems; their lengths, positions, and angles differ
depending on the type of heika style used. In the slanting style, one
of the most popular heika arrangements, the length of the primary stem
is one and a half times the height of the vase, and the secondary and
ornamental stems are around half the length of the primary branch.
primary stem is tilted forward around 70 degrees and scattered across
a 45-degree area to the front and left. The secondary stem is placed
behind and to the left of the primary one to give depth. The
ornamental stem is arranged so that it slants forward at a 60-degree
angle across a 30-degree area to the right of the primary and
Photos: Heika (Photos
courtesy of Ohara School of Ikebana.