Ikebana Experience in Koishikawa Korakuen

Ikebana (the art of flower arrangement) is very well known as one of the traditions of Japanese culture.
Have you ever experienced it?
There are many ikebana schools, but among them, the most famous one overseas is the Sogetsu school of flower arrangement.
We at Coto Japanese Academy would love for everybody to enjoy Japanese culture during the beautiful autumn season of the so we held an “Ikebana Workshop” at the “betsuma” (or special room) in “Kantokutei,” located within the Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, with the cooperation of Professor Kobo Miyazaki, from the Sogetsu Teachers Association Board of Directors.
This time we received many more applications than the maximum number of participants, and we had many men take part in the workshop too. Ikebana has a strongly feminine image, but the founder of the Sogetsu school is actually a man. The message from the instructor, saying that she would be happy if people would just show interest in flower arrangement, may have gotten to them.
Now, when doing flower arrangement, it is important to create a space for it. This time we learned the basic shape, which consists of three lines.
We cut the branches and stems one by one following the basics regarding length and angle that we just learned, and taking the sample that the instructor made as a reference. Then we stuck the rest of the branches in taking into account the space: asymmetry, depth and width, height, etc… The serious look on everybody’s face was impressive.
The instructor kindly commented and offered advice on each of the arrangements as they came to their final shape. We hope that everybody was satisfied with their work!
After a break, we enjoyed the colored leaves while taking a walk in the Korakuen Garden.
Korakuen is one of the most distinguished Japanese style gardens in Tokyo, so there were many tourists.
The workshop was a great success. From here, we would like to express our gratitude to Ms. Kobo Miyazaki, who took the role of instructor, and Mr./Ms. Ookami, the organizer. Thank you very much!
Our next event will be the year-end party to be held on December 14th (Sat.)
We are looking forward to seeing all of our students at this party, which will be our last big event of the year.

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