What do you do when you feel that the stress of your every day life is getting to be too much? Some men turn to sports: basketball, soccer, football, etc. Others sit in front of the TV to watch shows, movies, or play video games. I know some men who would hit the gym. And there are those who go to the kitchen and cook up a storm.
In Japan, the trend is for men to do something quite different: ikebana. If you’re not familiar with this term, it is the Japanese word for flower arrangement. The literal English translation of ikebana is “the way of the flowers”. Obviously, this art has been dominated by women and dates back to more than half a century ago.
As with most everything, though, the tradition is slowly changing, and more and more Japanese men are turning to ikebana for some stress relief. Actually, let me correct myself – this art started with male artisans but became dominated by women. This new trend then is actually a going back to roots sort of thing.
The idea behind ikebana is simple: to establish harmony and the sense of being one with nature. The styles are minimalist and the activity itself is conducted in silence. You can easily see how stress-relieving the whole thing can be. It is thus no wonder that more Japanese men are practicing the traditional art of flower arrangement these days. And more than busting all that stress away, you get to have a beautiful home!