Arranging flowers" or "making flowers alive, is the Japanese art of flower arrangement.It is also known as Kadō (華道, "way of flowers"). The tradition dates back to the 7thcentury when floral offerings were made at altars. Later, they were placed in the tokonoma (alcove) of a home. Ikebana reached its first zenith in the 16thcentury under the influence of Buddhist tea masters and has grown over the centuries, with over 1,000 different schools in Japan and abroad. click on the photo to see the entire document.