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Sogetsu April meeting

This month I wanted the members to look more deeply into the concept of Yin and Yang.  In Japanese they call them in, meaning shadow, and yo, meaning light. Yin and Yang are opposite forces that form a whole. Many natural dualities, e.g. dark and light, female and male, hot and cold, are thought of as manifestations of yin and Yang. These forces are complementary and are firmly connected to each other in the natural world, they give rise to each other in turn. 

In Ikebana arrangements these two contrasting elements should interact in harmony.

Below are some examples of Yin and Yang :-

black, white

yielding, firm

negative, positive

dark, bright

female, male

water, fire

cold, hot

winter, summer

shady, sunny

front, back

passive, active

moon, sun


Below are their interpretations of Yin and Yang :-



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