The author, one of the few foreigners to have attained a Master's Degree from the renowned Koryu School of floral arrangement, has written an enchanting account of this highly intricate art beginning with her own intensive involvement in it and the arduous course she undertook to master it. Ikebana is rooted in and reflects the historical, symbolic and religious aspects of Japanese culture. For this reason alone, an audience wider than those interested in learning technique should be attracted to this book. Each dimension, from chapters on descriptive arrangements and appropriate materials to those dealing with religious influences and special symbolic meanings, is explored and further enhanced by 34 color photos and 175 line drawings. Fascinating sections on floral etiquette and the tea ceremony, floral festivals and the floral calendar are presented simply and skillfully. Both as a guide book of instruction or an anthropological discussion, this functions as a valuable cultural link.