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Ikebana (生け花), literally “live flowers,” is the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement. Its deceptively simple name hides years of history and cultural upheaval that began during the Meiji Restoration. I won’t go into all the details, but suffice to say that ikebana today is quite different from what it used to be!

There are millions of ikebana practitioners worldwide, so it’s certainly in no immediate danger of dying out. Keeping this art alive though is totally reliant on catching the interest of new enthusiasts, especially from the younger generation – and let’s face it, ikebana just doesn’t quite have the same street cred as say, kendo or jujutsu.

So I was pleasantly surprised to come across Shinji Nakaba’s ikebana rings. Sultry-eyed models? Check. Pouty lips? Check. Ikebana rings? Check! Yes, you young ’uns, ikebana can be cool and sexy!

models with ikebana rings

Nakaba-san’s ikebana rings all operate on the same basic principle: they have a semi-automatic, pin locking and release system, which can be used to pin all sorts of flowers, leaves, and so on. The following video demonstrates how to put it all together; it’s quite grainy but hopefully you get the idea.

With just a bit of time, a dash of creativity, and random bits of plants, you could have a one-of-a-kind, completely personalized accessory for every day of the week!

ikebana ring branch collage

ikebana ring orange collage

ikebana ring pink collage

If you find flowers much too gaudy, too cumbersome, or too girly, why not go the minimalist route? Less is more, and just a single, simple leaf can make quite a statement.

ikebana ring leaf collage1

ikebana ring leaf collage2

You don’t have to limit yourself to just flowers and leaves either. As long as it’ll fit on the pin, anything goes.

ikebana ring lizard

Purists might say that Nakaba-san has completely bastardized ikebana, but I think his rings are pretty cool. They make ikebana very hip and now, are an awesome way to get your creative juices going, plus who says jewelry has to be a chunk of yellow metal or compressed carbon?

Nakaba-san makes other accessories like necklaces and brooches too, so be sure to check out his site if you like that sort of thing.

  • ZXNova

    Odd, yet interesting.

  • ジョサイア

    And I thought my mother used big rings…

  • 古戸ヱリカ

    There’s… there’s a ring on that ring.

  • fee_fi_Fiona

    Inception! LOL

  • 古戸ヱリカ

    Gotta add another ring to the ring. We need to go one level tackier.

  • DAVIDPD

    Ikebana is beautiful and amazing. I have have taken breathless by some of the arrangements I have seen. It is truly an art form. I have never seen those rings before. They are cool.

  • Mescale

    They need to make a ring like this but for pastries, it would be neat to be able to wear a black forest gateaux as a ring.

    Also Delicious.

  • FoxiBiri

    I love ittttttt ♪( ´θ`)ノ

  • http://www.facebook.com/kristin.h.salber Kristin Howard Salber

    Don’t think I could do the ring…tough to do laundry and clean the bathroom with that thing. But, I have begun a habit of keeping a small vase of simple flowers in the house.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chanel-Jenkins/636918994 Chanel Jenkins

    great.. so where can i get one?

  • Fee_Fi_Fiona

    Check out his website and then click on the S.NAKABA-SHOP link. His website’s here: http://work.s-nakaba.com/

    Apparently “International orders & inquiries are welcome.” so good luck with that! ^_^