The word of the day comes from "A Children's Bible" by Lydia Millet which is shortlisted for the 2021 Tournament of Books.
Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is also known as Kadō. The tradition dates back to Heian period, when floral offerings were made at altars. Later, flower arrangements were instead used to adorn the tokonoma of a traditional Japanese home.
In ikebana. flower arranging, blossoms, branches, leaves, and stems find new life as materials for artmaking. In contrast to the western habits of casually placing flowers in a vase, ikebana aims to bring out the inner qualities of flowers and other live materials and express emotion.