(the connection I see between aikido and ikebana: getting the damn kamiza flowers to look decent !$#%!#$%
sometimes the simplest way of arranging flower is best. take one fake, cloth spun flower with plastic stem. use one staple gun with good staples. staple the flower, twice one lower on the stem and one higher, into the wood of the kamiza. stand back and admire your handy work.
still trying to figure out the aikido connection on such approach and what sort of spiritual plane that i am on.