The Characteristics of Heika
Heika (which includes rikka, shoka, and seika, among others) is a basic style of ikebana arrangement that uses a tall vase and highlights vertical lines. The biggest feature is the emphasis on bringing out the flowers' natural charms and arranging them in a tasteful and elegant manner.
Bundling Together at the Mouth of the Vase
Vases with a narrow opening or tall, jar-shaped containers are used, with the stems being bundled tightly together at the mouth. Crosspieces are used to fasten the stems to the vase.
Each school defines its own fundamental forms, and specifies guidelines for the key lengths and angles of branches to be used for each form. Here, we will introduce one example of a heika arrangement using the keisha (slanted) form used at the Ohara School.
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.
The primary stem (subject) is tilted forward around 70 degrees and scattered across a 45-degree area to the front and left. The secondary stem is placed behind and to the left of the primary one to give depth. The ornamental stem (object) is arranged so that it slants forward at a 60-degree angle across a 30-degree area to the right of the primary and secondary elements.