Category: Gaia

Final Ikebana Models -Autumn

To recap, the chosen season is Autumn. Referring to my previous post -on the overall mindmap and research, I tried to implement a moodboard for better understanding of my concept of Autumn.

Instead of the popular concept of Halloween, I tried to research on the foods/ dishes that most popular or the most appropriate to match with the weather during Autumn season.

Ramen (/ˈrɑːmən/) (ラーメン rāmen) is a Japanese dish. It consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat or (occasionally) fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as dumpling, dried seaweed, meat and green onions.

Indeed, ramen is popular all-year-round regardless of seasons, but is especially perfect for the chill weather in Autumn. There is a popular culinary equation in Japan: Ramen = broth + noodles + toppings. Hence, I tried to include these 3 elements in my composition. The ramen is the noodles that I tried to wind it as a cone shape, whereas the broth would be the miso soup powder based clumped into a ball of sphere. Lastly, the toppings would be dumplings, hence the cyclinder is made up of dumpling skin.


Close up shots

TO SLURP OR NOT TO SLURP-  Know that slurping your ramen is a must with the Japanese. Now it’s time to indulge in the incredible chashu softness. “Gochisousama!” (Thanks for the meal)

Ikebana research & sketch models


-intro to Japanese art of flower arrangement

Arrange the stems and flowers with many possibilities of positions and fastening. It requires a certain technical and expressive skills which takes about 3-5 years to master.

Various patterns and styles evolved throughout the years. There are many types of ikebana. The first one is Heika. A basic style of arrangement, uses tall vase and highlight vertical lines. The vase is usually had a narrow opening or tall. Heika 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. (

Another type will be Moribana which uses a shallow plate and kenzan.(a holder with many sharp points)The upright style is the most common; it exudes a feeling of stability and gravity. In this style, the primary stem is about as long as the diameter and depth of the container combined, with the secondary stem being around two-thirds and and the ornamental stem about half the length of the primary branch. (

Here’s a overall mindmap for my season theme: Autumn

Sketch Model 1


Sketch Model 2