Co-authored by designer Shinichiro Ogata and plant artist Satoshi Kawamoto. The publication seeks to express the spirit of Japan in different forms, with a special focus on a new path called “modern flowers,” which fits neither the traditional approaches of ikebana nor flower arrangement.
“Nenge” is a reference to an event in Buddhism known as “nenge misho.” As Buddha lectured before the masses at Vulture Peak, he raised a flower and winked his eye. The symbolism was lost on all but the disciple Mahakasyapa who responded with a soft smile, an indication of his unspoken understanding of Dharma, or divine law. It is a legend that describes the wonder of ‘heart-to-heart communication’ of Dharma.