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Ikebana: A Guide to Japanese Flower Arrangement

What is Ikebana

Ikebana is a traditional Japanese art form originating from the Muromachi period(1334 - 1573) in which flowers and plants are specially and decoratively arranged in a vase for the appreciation of the viewer.

The Four seasons and Ikebana

Japanese people often enjoy viewing cherry blossoms blowing in the spring wind, in summer, seeing the green leaves while searching for a respite from the heat; while in the autumn, we see autumn leaves, and in winter the passage of time is forgotten as we view snow-blanketed landscapes.

The origin of Ikebana

It is said that origin of Ikebana comes from the idea of offering of flowers to God., Various types of Ikebana forms were created, evolving along with the change in lifestyle over time, and Ikebana can now be seen in ordinary houses.

Different types of flower arrangement

Ikebana is a little different from Flower arrangements which are practiced abroad. Typical flower arranging often uses many flowers to fill up a certain space, whereas in Japanese Ikebana, often few actual plants are used, but much care is taken to arrange these in an aesthetically pleasing way within a limited space.

In addition, to flowers, branches, leaves, and even buds, which are not normally featured in flower arranging, can be used in Ikebana in order to accentuate the brightness of the other featured plants.

Experience of Ikebana

This article introduces lessons where you can actually experience Ikebana.

There are many Ikebana schools, and below we introduce the classrooms of three schools called the three major schools and information about them.

Ohararyu 小原流 (Tokyo Prefecture)

It is characterized by “Moribana” that used with “Kenzan” and “Heika” that place flowers into vases.

This class is ideal for learning with flowers that are easy to decorate and feature in modern living spaces.

Ohararyu

Address: 5-7-17, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo  107-8607
Tel · Reservation: +81-3-5774-5097
Price: 4000yen

Website: http://www.ohararyu.or.jp/english/lesson.html

Sogetsu 草月 (Tokyo Prefecture)

In 1927, when everybody believed practicing ikebana meant following established forms, Sofu Teshigahara recognized ikebana as a creative art and founded the Sogetsu School.

You can learn about artistic Ikebana with ideas that you may not have thought of before.

Sogetsu

Address:  2-21, Akasaka 7-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo  107-8505
Tel · Reservation: +81-3-3408-1209

Price: 3240yen
Website: http://www.sogetsu.or.jp/e/study/experience.html

Ikenobo 池坊 (Kyoto Prefecture)

It is said that this is the oldest school and that the content of other Ikebana schools originates from this one.

You can learn about the traditional type of Ikebana that originates from the Muromachi period.

Ikenobo

Address:  248, Donomae-cho, Rokkaku-dori Higashinotoin Nishi-iru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, 604-8134
Tel · Reservation: +81-75-231-4922
Price: 2000yen

Website: http://www.ikenobo.jp/english/