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moribana

(Japanese: "heaped-up flowers"), in Japanese floral art, a style of arranging in which naturalistic landscapes are constructed in low dishlike vases. Developed by Ohara Unshin, founder of the Ohara school of floral art, moribana breaks with the rigid structural rules of classical floral art; it sometimes incorporates flowers imported from Western countries and uses the basic triangular principle of floral art in a three-dimensional (foreground, middle ground, and distance) way

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