Discover the finer points of this unique Japanese style of flower arranging with a class with a licensed ikebana master.
Ikebana, the ancient art of flower arranging, has been practiced in Japan for more than 600 years. The tradition is believed to have evolved from the Buddhist practice of offering flowers on altars for the spirits of ancestors.
Unlike Western styles of flower arranging, ikebana follows strict rules governing the colors, lines, and shape within which the florist can display personal expression. Most ikebana arrangements are based on a triangle to symbolize the sun, the moon, and the earth, and interestingly, space is as important as the flowers, twigs, and leaves themselves.
As the epicenter of traditional Japanese culture, Kyoto is a fantastic place to learn about this ancient craft. The licensed ikebana master will provide you with all the natural flowers and materials and then explain the techniques necessary for you to create your own arrangement. Traditionally, ikebana florists work in meditative silence so they can connect with nature, but we forgive you asking your teacher many questions to get the most out of this hands-on experience.