Differences in How Long an Ikebana Work Lasts Depending on the Skill Used in Cutting Floral Materials

  • Yuki Ikenobo
  • Zelong WangEmail author
  • Yusuke ShiraishiEmail author
  • Akihiko GotoEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9184)


Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement), one of the Japanese traditional arts, requires the use of a pair of special steel scissors to compose an arrangement. Although to cut materials with the special type of scissors plays a crucial role in the composition of arrangements, the analyses of the cutting motion have not been taken so far. Comparing the cutting motion between non-experts and experts, it is found that non-experts cut in a slow speed, and on the contrary, experts cut rapidly in a short time. Normally, it is considered that the cutting strength has an effect on the duct of the material and influences the condition of the water absorption. However, there are no specific differences of the material’s cut surface between non-experts and experts’ cutting. The degradation of the material after cutting was not observed as well. It is assumed to be the reason that the original condition of the material was good and the material was preserved well after cutting. Therefore, we hope to analyze the original condition of the material, researching more about the different usage of the scissors and the influence brought by the usage hereafter.


Scissor Process analysis Water potential Cutting speed 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kyoto Institute of Technology Advanced Fibro-ScienceKyotoJapan
  2. 2.IkenoboKyotoJapan
  3. 3.Department of Information Systems Engineering, Faculty of Design TechnologyOsaka Sangyo UniversityDaito-shiJapan

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