Anili: You know any thing?
Reiko: Yes. Ikebana, it’s an art of flowers and it’s quite different from Western style flowerarrangement 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 artwith flowers and space.
Anili: I see.
Reiko: The air between the flowers and also the room, and everything, it shows the space oreven 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 useeach 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 dopeople learn that?
Reiko: There’s some professionals for both flower arrangement and tea ceremony. So youneed to go to a school, yes, and learn from your teacher and their hierarchy and theorganization and you need to pass each test to go, climb up the ladder in the hierarchy.
Anili: I see. Fantastic.